To the editor, The politics of hate, ignorance and exclusion are everywhere. Anti-Semitism keeps rearing its ugly head. In Chicago, attempts have occurred to burn a Jewish synagogue. The politics of hate is contagious. Last month African-American churches in the South were set on fire. The Anti-Defamation League states that in 2018, Jewish communities experienced near-historic levels of anti-Semitism.
I wish the television stations would stop showing cowboy versus Indian movies. These movies present Indians as being savage, ignorant and not important. Historically, we took away from Indians their land and their dignity. The Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins need to change their mascots.
Then there is the anti-vaccine controversy. Authority figures like U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and our president have presented mixed messages about why vaccinations are important. So many politicians and citizens are anti-science and anti-education. For example, our state legislators have failed again to adequately fund our public schools.
A Gazette article indicates a publisher of an Alabama newspaper has stated it is “time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again” and that the Klan should raid gated communities (where Democrats live).
Is this kind of thinking helping to make America great again?
Building a billion-dollar wall is an example of racism and exclusion. The Associated Press reports a fifth immigrant youth has died. Is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency committed to humane treatment of people in its custody? Let’s spend billions on fixing roads and bridges. Are there any adults in the room?