Letter to the Editor

Reader responds

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

To the Editor,

I grew up in Oklahoma City during the Civil Rights era. I remember when de-segregation happened. Happily, the women that raised and influenced me taught me that ethnic hatred was wrong.

The first time I saw a black person in Berryville was in 1983; he was walking down the sidewalk. I didn’t break stride and I didn’t stare as if I’d seen Bigfoot. I could tell you many more stories and even defend myself, which many white people are now falling over each other to do.

I don’t have to defend myself. I don’t have white guilt, which is a Leftist construct. 

Imagine my surprise, though, when I opened this week’s hometown paper and read editorial columns decrying “systemic racism” and “white privilege.”

It seems to be popular right now to establish one’s cred with the radical leadership of BLM and Antifa. I can promise you that your bowing before them will not rid them of their rage. 

The first paragraph of Samantha Jones’ column this week could be easily challenged. Crime scene video confirms that both Sterling and Castile were involved in physically threatening officers, including Sterling trying to take a gun from an officer.

But I’ve lived long enough to know that that won’t matter to those invested in pandering.

I love the hometown feel of Berryville. I don’t love being lectured by an editorial staff that buys into systemic radicalism. It has also been my privilege to buy two subscriptions to the newspaper.

I won’t be doing that again.

— Jim Fletcher

Berryville