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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, November 25, 2017 1:00 am


Blood on our hands

Marc Thiessen's vehement denunciation of the excesses of communist regimes (Nov.13) is noteworthy for its ardor. But his figures can be matched. Historical facts are, as he points out, difficult to refute.

For sheer barbarity of scale and duration, the international slave trade from the 16th to 19th centuries was unrivaled. Fourteen million to 20 million African people, it is conservatively estimated, were uprooted from their indigenous tribal cultures in an enforced diaspora. Public slavery did not end until 1888 in Brazil and 1962 in Saudi Arabia.

The historian could add the unwilling and resistant original inhabitants of North and South America who were vigorously slaughtered, with the remainder enslaved, by the Spanish and Portuguese imperialists. Append the liquidation of the aboriginal populace in this country through “manifest destiny,” and one might approach or even surpass 100 million souls.

All the major European colonial powers, the legitimate authorities of the day, were privy to this experience in human misery based on avarice, not ideology. Many thousands of innocent people in the Americas perished through the unholy triangle of mercantilist trading in molasses, rum and slaves.

Thus, the origins of the United States are enmeshed in this diabolical history of cruelty and oppression. Our American society suffers to this day from a legacy of racial repression and injustice that is in marked contrast to the theme of brotherhood expressed in the Beatitudes of the Christian Bible.

James Curtis Cary

Fort Wayne

An exemplary résumé

On Nov. 3, The Journal Gazette reported that Rich Beck is a candidate next year for the county commissioner's seat being vacated by Linda Bloom. In the 1980s, I served as assistant Republican chairman to Orvas Beers and was responsible for recruiting new candidates. I also served more than 10 years on the Allen County Redevelopment Commission with Beck serving as its president. He is more than qualified to become Allen County's new commissioner and without question would serve our county well.


Fort Wayne

Coverage unbalanced

I have yet to see in the 12 months since Donald Trump was elected that the media have ever shone him in a positive light. Here's an example.

In a brief on Page 2B on Nov. 16, it was reported that three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China admitted to the crime and apologized before coach Steve Alford.

What the article failed to mention is that when they apologized, they thanked President Trump for intervening on their behalf by getting the charges reduced along with securing their return to the U.S.

Although the brief was true, the blatant omission of Trump helping the players is why so many don't trust the media.

If it's unflattering or puts Trump in a bad light, it will be printed. If he does something positive, never.

It's not just print news. I have AOL news on my computer. There's always something on the first three pages of 50 that places the president in a bad light. Always, everyday without fail. And like the print media, there's never anything positive.

I voted for Trump once and would vote for him again just like most of my friends would, despite the media showing him in a bad light.

John R. Banet

Fort Wayne