That Is So Not Raven
As clichéd as quarrels in editorial sections are, I have been so moved as to write a rebuttal to M.E Goodwin's scathing letter concerning Alejandro Mayorkas' appointment. I can't pretend to know much about Alejandro Mayorkas, his background, or his past experiences.
What I do know is that the generalizations Goodwin is making about Latinos, and the stark involvement of all things 'RACE' in the letter are definitely greater grounds for treason than any appointment made by our president. I don't know how many times people need to be reminded of this; AMERICA was founded and has continued to prosper due to the diligence and hard work of immigrants. Not only that, but what sets our country apart from the rest of the world is our commitment to diversity and consistent push for equal opportunities.
That being said, Goodwin's alienation of Latinos and generalizations of a group of people being "drug mules" and supposed leaders of the cartel insults the very foundation that this country was built upon. As a 22 year old African Asian American woman, I was appalled by Goodwin's letter and ashamed for this person who clearly has yet to realize the meaning of America and the universal desire to pursue the American dream. The real solution lies not in the appointment of government officials, but in youth outreach to use our American dream pursuits to help newcomers of a younger generation achieve theirs. I hope Goodwin reassesses these views, but until then, leave the preaching to the good, hardworking Americans that are willing to lend a hand and choose to lead by an example of inclusion and perseverance.
-- Raven Tiem
Letting It Go
Awhile back the World printed a letter of mine and used my point as the headline of the letters column, to the effect of "what we need is a good dose of INsensitivity training!" (Some ninnyhammer wrote a letter in response accusing me of the very thing I was pooh-pooing, by the way).
This Brady thing is bordering on the ridiculous, only we don't dare call it that because it hurts somebody's feelings -- and feelings, these days, are simply unassailable and unquestionable. It kinda boils down to: "It doesn't make a lot of difference in the grand scheme of things, but it makes a big difference to ME, so you gotta do it, otherwise you're not sensitive to my feelings, and that's offensive."
And we're going to have a "race riot memorial park?" That's offensive to ME.
Quite a few years ago, a fellow Armenian, a stranger, approached me. He wanted me to join a semi-clandestine organization to help do whatever they might to the Turks; after all, the Turks killed who knows how many thousands of Armenians in that early-20th century genocide. I mentioned it to my father, who said what I thought he'd say: What a foolish idea; everybody involved is long since dead, and the Turks are, to the extent their government is secular, quite friendly to the U.S.
And another thing, before I get off my soapbox (recyclable of course). I'll use the anonymity bit so as not to annoy an innocent bystander: A famous early oilman's office was restored recently, to be as it was in the early 20th century. But some of the tiling originally had an Indian symbol, a clockwise swastika.
It was not only the reverse of the Nazi symbol, it was oriented vertically, not diagonally. It was decided to substitute another symbol. That's silly. If you're restoring something exactly, restore it exactly.
That exact symbol is cast into the ends of a concrete bridge railing in Johnstone Park in Bartlesville. Now don't you find it interesting that during World War II, nobody had a campaign to cover up or efface completely that awful, awful symbol, never mind that it had been around a few centuries before the Nazis flipped and tilted it? Nobody thought a thing about it. A real freak like Rall might respond that what the heck, it was a Native American symbol and therefore didn't count for much in those days.
And one more thing about the Klan: you ever see the picture of the first inaugural parade for President Franklin D. Roosevelt? There's the Klan marching in strength, hoods and all!
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness.
-- Anatoly Arutunoff
So Many Ideas At Once, Man, It's Like They Just Keep Coming
The only way to keep American independence is to vote only for pure populist independents. The United States of America is not united. It is divided by all forms of gangs preying upon our people for power and profits.
In fact, all the special interest groups are just gangs, no different from the street gangs that plague our cities and destroy the life of our youth and their futures. The street gangs consists of cowards afraid to stand their ground to be their own person instead of a stooge for bullies and evil punks. Every city that does not use gang profiling to get the guns out of the hands of these punks is also guilty of their murder and this waste of our most precious young people.
The political parties are gangs that put themselves above the rights of our people, although the Democrats also try to help the working class and poor and the Republicans only the filthy rich and international corporations. The Republicans have racist whites and the Democrats racist blacks that are working against the United States of America.
We are certainly not One Nation Under God. With thousands of denominations all working to make only their narrow beliefs the only belief for USALL. Theocracy is not democracy! America is in big trouble as the world is moving on and we have this gang warfare causing our country to rot and crumble with rabid poverty and sickness among the uninsured and underpaid.
The war on our youth is killing USAA. The student loans are higher than our national debt. Banks are getting federal taxpayer monies with low or no interest and gouging our people and our small businesses. To save our nation and our people, we must bust these evil gangs NOW!
--J. Ray Hunt
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