Letters to the Editor (10/1/09)

Oct. 1, 2009

The race card

Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America. OK. Does the majority get any say in this conversation? Trillions have been spent since the ’60s on social services, quotas, set asides, student loans, business contracts, housing and the like, essentially engaging in discrimination against white people. We hear the grievances but not any gratitude.

Is white America responsible for the fact that incarceration rates are seven times higher for blacks or that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and that in many major U.S. cities over half of the black high school kids are dropping out? Is Barack aware that in interracial crimes of violence white criminals chose black victims 3 percent of the time while black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time? Nationally, black on white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse and black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common.

Can one fault of these troubling statistics with the white or with the black community? Black Americans have the greatest financial and educational opportunities of any people in the world.

The silent majority is tired of being told that political discourse or a long list of troubles is attributable to race. This attitude shows cowardice, Mr. President, not racism.

Shelley Palmer, Williston