The Journal Gazette
Sunday, August 02, 2020 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

America's problem is white, not black

What is all this racism talk? I'm not a racist. I don't hate anybody.

That is what I would have told myself a few years ago. Yes, I was aware there was some discrimination going on in housing, loans, jobs. I am opposed to discrimination. There have been some changes made, right?

Then a friend talked to me about implicit bias. He challenged me to go online and take a simple test ( I took the challenge; I was shocked by the results.

I have since come to better understand what a racist culture we swim in.

I hear people say the answer is just to have your heart in the right place and love Jesus, and everything will be fine. I am convinced that most of us paler people don't have a heart problem. We for the most part want there to be equality of opportunity. But we haven't faced those signals we've taken in all these years.

In our culture, there is no non-racist position. We're either an anti-racist, working for changes that produce quality and opportunity, or we are ignoring what is going on around us.

Our darker brothers and sisters have been letting us know for a long time about what is happening to them, but we have too often written it off and tried to speak for them.

This country is run by white people for the most part, from board rooms to politics, from managers to bankers and police, most of us unaware of the unconscious bias we carry.

We have a white problem in America, not a Black problem. It is on us to fix it.

Dean Beery

North Manchester

'Bounties' much ado over nothing new

The recent furor over allegations that the Russian Federation pays cash bounties to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan for the lives of U.S. combatants invites comparison with documented precedent. This controversy is no historical anomaly.

Throughout the colonial period in America, the mercantile powers, especially during the French and Indian War, encouraged their Indigenous allies. Scalps contributed to the imperialist war effort by the “savages” were repaid in kind, sometimes with alcohol.

During the American Revolution and the subsequent seizure of the future Northwest Territory by the infant American republic, the tribes allied with the Americans were indulged by the militia to engage in these barbaric practices. The warriors were duly reimbursed for proffered scalps. Still later, the practice of bounty hunting after the Civil War provided many an intrepid adventurer with the means to make a living.

As Shakespeare reminds us, there is, indeed, “nothing new under the sun.” These barbaric practices may belong to the halcyon days of yesteryear, but not only because there was then no Geneva Convention. So perhaps the Russians are to be forgiven for their alleged indiscretions. Certainly they are not alone in these practices, as numerous frontier wars in this hemisphere and elsewhere have borne witness to such barbaric practices.

James Curtis Cary

Fort Wayne

Challenge governor's overreach on masks

When does the governor have the ability to make law? That's what dictators do. Legislators make law; the governor is the one who signs it into being.

We need a lawyer to challenge this. I will sign on as the first plaintiff. We need thousands and thousands to sign on to challenge this mandate so it can get to court.

Which one of the many attorneys have the courage to step up to the challenge?

Richard Burridge

Fort Wayne

Forthright leadership sees us through crisis

I want to say thank you to Gov. Eric Holcomb and his administration for their leadership during this COVID-19 crisis.

As I have watched the briefings since mid-March, I have appreciated the consistency, boldness and authentic caring from the governor and his administration.

He has shared as openly as he can. I've never felt like he wasn't telling the truth. He, Dr. Kristina Box and many others have worked long, hard hours to give Indiana residents the best guidance possible.

Gov. Holcomb, Dr. Box and the entire leadership team, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Bill Wallace

Fort Wayne

Area congressman not serving his district

Usually I don't pay much attention to Rep. Jim Banks' rhetoric but, trying to be open, I was surprised by his oped on July 24 (“Democrats pick politics over police reform”). The beginning seemed to be well written and thoughtful, but, sure enough, he had to jump into the swamp head first with fear mongering much like large caravans crossing the southern border in 2018 as he kept stating (there were no caravans).

Now he wants us to believe liberal Democrats want to defund the police. While I agree that “defund” was the wrong word (it should have been “reimagine,” “reorganize” or “reevaluate”), I am sure no one wants to defund the police.

When is Banks going to start legislating and stop being a Trump cheerleader? When is Banks going to start trying to include the Black and brown population of the 3rd District? Not soon, I am sure.

He voted against the first bailout. He voted against removing Confederate statues in the Capitol rotunda, and on and on he goes. I hope we remember this in November and take steps to get rid of him. Not good for America, not good for Indiana and not good for the 3rd District.

Thom Bauer

Fort Wayne

Cult of Trump forgives any fault

During his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and he wouldn't lose any voters. That may have been an exaggeration, but not by much.

He has mocked, among many other things, prisoners of war, Gold Star parents, a reporter with a disability, women who don't meet his standards for beauty and a coronavirus that has since cost us more than 150,000 lives. Still, his support has never wavered outside the 40%-45% range.

This is the very personification of a cult.

James Cox

Van Wert, Ohio

Flat tire brings parade of aid

Fort Wayne is a wonderful place, full of wonderful folks.

We had a flat tire and I pulled off the road to replace it. We pulled off on a road where we could only be seen going east on Union Chapel Road. But we had no fewer than three folks traveling east turn around to come to our assistance.

It should be noted we are white-haired folks but in above-average health, at the gym three times a week. So, I was fussing with a Honda jack and the first gentleman, from out of town, almost begged to help. We said thanks for the offer, but we are doing fine.

Shortly after that, a young lady pulled in and asked to help. She had a young child in her car, but she was going to help us; what a wonderful young lady. Again, we thanked her but said we were fine.

Shortly after that, Pastor Martin pulled in with a hydraulic jack and an impact wrench; I said come on down. He had us ready to go in about four minutes.

We do not attend Pastor Martin's church, but if you do please tell him he was God sent.


Fort Wayne

Side-by-side views would draw readers

I'm glad to see my fellow citizens publishing their thoughts about Margaret Sanger, biased reporting and many other sticky issues. We all need to be able to voice our concerns without being threatened or boycotted by the left.

I get so frustrated with the journalism we have nowadays. (I apologize for paying attention in my history class.) One thing that is helping to divide my fellow Americans is the lazy journalism we have now compared to 30 years ago. As I look back, I can see the bias was creeping into the mainstream news back then.

This Fort Wayne paper is following right along. The Journal Gazette copies and pastes our national news and we get copies of what the Associated Press is reporting. When you read this reporting, they seem to emphasize points they want us to hear.

My profession has taught me there are always two sides or opinions to every story, and we are only getting one side. Now I have enough sense to seek out other sources of news, and if I can get the facts then real journalists could also. When The Journal Gazette chooses to just copy and paste, that is lazy journalism.

My reason to keep my subscription is local news. For once, I would love to see the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times opinion articles presented as copied and the same story with the other side told. I have to go to the Epoch Times and other sources to get the other side. If we could put them side by side so we can compare the two opinions, I bet the Journal's subscriptions would increase.

Dan Stauffer

New Haven

A hunger for kindness at Rise'n Roll bakery

On July 24, my caregiver (Pam) and I were in Rise'n Roll to get some rolls.

As we went to pay for our order, a lady came up with her credit card, told the cashier she wanted to pay for everything, and even bought us our lunch.

We thank her for her kindness.

Helen Kritzman

Fort Wayne

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