Letter rubs reader the wrong way

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2007

In response to Paul Morrison's letter to the editor (July 17), I am entirely irked that other people may actually hold those beliefs, as well. When I first read Paul's letter, I thought it was a joke, in order to stimulate some response from Clarion readers. But just in case it is not, I must respond.

I truly feel bad for people like Paul who feel that innocent refugees should be rounded up and imprisoned because we are fighting people of their race overseas. People like him are a big reason why innocent people who actually helped the U.S. government in Iraq are being refused entry into our great nation. People like him are the reason why the words engraved on the very representation of freedom choose to be ignored:

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

It is very easy for people like Paul to attack those who cannot speak back for themselves. It is very easy for people like Paul to call upon a dark time in our nation's history and announce it as the workings of tougher politicians. It is very easy for people like Paul to let our nation be run by blind fear and instead of finding a decent way to deal with people of different races, announce racism itself as the solution.

So thus, it is very easy for me to recall back in history a time where the very same thing was done, where a race was blamed for war, and subsequently almost eradicated for no reason other then one man's views on race.

Yes, I'm talking about Hitler and the Holocaust.

The problem is this: While race clearly is the issue here, some people feel the need to write it off as something else, and because they are bashing Muslims or Mexicans, they suddenly are dealing with a real fear, not blind racism.

What is it going to take for people to actually believe the words of freedom written in our own Declaration of Independence, that "All men are created equal"? Hopefully, people are finally realizing, as they did during the time of Martin Luther King, the true meaning of this statement.

David Hoisington


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