Criticism, not racism

May 9, 2013 

Well, I see that letter writer Kevin Gagen is on his soapbox again. According to him, any white person who defends himself or criticizes anything black, specifically President Obama, is automatically a racist.

Some key points to contemplate:

* Letter writer Frankie Seaberry was wrong in using the term "Simple Simon."

* Seaberry is an educated person who is quite capable of defending herself verbally.

* If she can't run with the big dogs, she needs to stay on the porch.

Perhaps Gagen should read a little history. Jim Crow laws, random lynchings, the use of firehoses on innocent people, et. al., were all done by (wait for it) Democrats. Further, the Ku Klux Klan was founded by (guess who) Democrats. All legislation against discrimination prior to 1965 was blocked by Democrats.

And how does a "surname" come into play? It's a historical fact that most, if not all, slaves adopted the last name of their slave masters. So I guess if your surname is Jones, you can't find a job, huh?

No one is denying the injustices committed against blacks in the past, but to use this same old, tired, worn-out liberal excuse to say that there aren't opportunities for jobs or education if you are black is beyond ridiculous. If anything, over the past 20 years or more, it's the white male who suffers the brunt of discrimination in these area, a verifiable fact.

Roddy D. Riggs

Highland