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LETTER: Racism is a major issue

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LETTER: A letterbox with the inscription Letter to the editor

It would be an understatement to suggest that racism is not an issue. It exists now more than ever before. We see it, we hear about it, and unfortunately some experience it.

African Americans have been treated horribly because of their skin color. Middle Easterners, Arabs, or primarily any Muslim individuals, have been experiencing hatred due to the stigma of terrorism. Now Asians are being harassed due to the origins of the COVID-19 virus in China. Racism is a major issue.

The question is not as to when this will stop but rather what we need to do to change the mindset of those who only seem to see with their eyes, and not with their hearts.

If one were to truly look at the world, one will find many similar and like-minded people. You will notice the beauty of equality.

Islam is one religion that beautifully explains the concept that all of mankind is equal in the sight of God. If we are all one in front of God, then why can we not be one in front of each other?

Mehwish Pall


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Keep voting democrat. The party of racism.


So what does these gentleman's words make him? What does his take on this make him? Woke? Unwoke? Wise? Right? Wrong? Racist? Uncle-Tom? None of the above.

They make him Sovereign. And when one relies and worships the State, he or she is no longer, Sovereign.


Frank Sterle Jr.

Westerners of East Asian heritage have been increasingly verbally and/or physically assaulted during the last year, the perpetrators perhaps under some delusion their targets are willful creators/spreaders of Covid-19. Many have no Chinese lineage, though their assailants seem to not care, maybe due to a hateful perception that they're 'all the same'. Overlooked is that there's a good chance the assault victims came to the West to leave precisely that which so many Westerners currently dislike about some East Asian nation governances, especially that of China.

The unprovoked hatred can be even more intense if the target happens to be deemed professionally successful and/or has managed greater savings (etcetera), regardless of it all having been through hard work and/or thrift budgeting.

Sometimes the victim is a convenient political football or scapegoat. The current anti-Asian abuse brings to my mind the 2007-08 financial crisis, which resulted in the biggest, and perhaps the most culpably corrupt, mainstream U.S. bankers not being criminally indicted but rather given their multi-million-dollar performance bonuses via taxpayer-funded bailout. Yet, the feds, in a classical cowardly move, only charged some high-level staff with a relatively small-potatoes Chinese-American community bank as a figurative sacrificial lamb that couldn’t really fight back and who looked different from most other Americans.

Too many people will always find an excuse to despise and abuse those who are superficially different.


The US has seen a wave of senseless attacks on Asian-Americans, especially in New York and the San Francisco Bay area. For example, a black man who was on parole for murdering his mother in 2002 was arrested last month for allegedly attacking a 65-year-old Asian woman in front of a Manhattan apartment building. An assailant was caught on surveillance video kicking the woman in the chest, knocking her to the ground, then kicking her in the head repeatedly as witnesses watched the attack and did nothing to help the victim.

Most of the recent high-profile attacks on Asians have allegedly been perpetrated by young black men, including one California case in which an elderly Thai man was killed. Nevertheless, anti-racism activists have blamed the disturbing trend on former President Donald Trump and “white supremacy.” In fact, after a Filipino-American man was slashed from ear to ear with a box cutter by a black man on a subway car in February, activists responded by holding a rally against white supremacy.

FBI crime statistics showed that whites committed 24% of the violent crimes reported against Asians nationwide in 2018, while whites made up about 62% of the population. Blacks accounted for 27.5% of violent crimes against Asians and 13% of the population.


"The current anti-Asian abuse brings to my mind the 2007-08 financial crisis, which resulted in the biggest, and perhaps the most culpably corrupt, mainstream U.S. bankers not being criminally indicted but rather given their multi-million-dollar performance bonuses via taxpayer-funded bailout."

Then look into the Federal Reserve a bit more, and you'll see one of the Major, if not, the Major root of the problem. It doesn't matter how much you want to raise taxes on the wealthy, they aren't going to pay any how. The bill is on you and I. We don't reside in a Republic, we've lost whatever was left of a "Democracy," but we in fact fund an Oligarchy. But keep voting like, I'm sure that will solve our problems.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Frank Sterle Jr.

Though I don’t know about Britain, both American and Canadian governances generally maintain thinly veiled yet firm ties to large corporations and the very wealthy. It’s as though our elected heads — typically fearful of being labelled ‘anti-business’ in our avidly capitalist culture — are meant to represent big money interests over those of the working citizenry and poor. I believe it is basically why those powerful huge-money interests generally resist the implementation of proportionally representative electoral systems of governance, the latter which tends to dilute corporate lobbyist influence on consecutive governments. Accordingly, major political decisions will normally foremost reflect what is in Big Money’s best interests. (But don’t expect to hear this fact readily reported by the mainstream news-media.)

The language that big business understands best is one of increased consumerism, economic stimulation and profit-margin growth. The usual tradeoff, of course, is their destruction and max-exploitation of laborers, resources and natural environment.

There must be a point at which the status quo — i.e. large profits maintained or increased while many people are denied a universal basic income — can/will end up hurting big money and business interests. I can imagine that a healthy, strong and large consumer base, and not just very wealthy consumers, are needed.


“Now you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you, Buddy? It’s the free market, and you’re part of it.”

— the morbidly greedy Gordon Gekko to his protégé Bud Fox (Wall Street, 1987)

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