Letters to the Editor

Letter writer’s comments on Kamala Harris and ‘mindless robots’ draw ire

In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks to members of the media at her alma mater, Howard University, in Washington, following her announcement earlier in the morning that she will run for president.
In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks to members of the media at her alma mater, Howard University, in Washington, following her announcement earlier in the morning that she will run for president. AP file photo

A frequent writer of Letters to the Editor recently claimed that Sen. Kamala Harris – who he said has “no leadership experience” – came to Columbia to entice black folk to vote for her simply because of her race. He also alleged that black voters are “mindless robots to democratic rule.”

I’ve read enough of his many previous letters to reasonably surmise that he is a supporter of Donald Trump, who said while campaigning that he could shoot someone and not lose voters.

It’s ludicrous and incredible that he said that Kamala Harris – who served as a district attorney and as California’s attorney general before being elected a senator – has “no leadership experience.”

It’s ignorantly insulting that he believes black voters are “mindless robots” who will automatically vote for black candidates. Sen. Tim Scott was the choice of few black voters.

It’s also ironic and amusing that the writer – a devotee of the lying Donald Trump who has destabilized our nation, damaged America’s standing on the world stage and panders to racially fearful voters – audaciously labels black voters as “mindless robots.” He’d do well to instead consider why he mindlessly and irrationally follows America’s “Buffoon-In-Chief.”

Joseph Darby

Charleston

You may not see white privilege, but it’s there

I would like to comment on Joseph Southard’s recent letter, in which he denied the existence of white privilege, claiming that the very concept is an attempt by progressives to “generate division.” We may all be equals in the eyes of God, but not necessarily in the eyes of mankind.

I’m white and I know that white privilege is a real thing. As an Army lieutenant in 1972, I was trained to be a race relations education officer at the Defense Department’s Race Relations Institute (DRRI). I’d like to tell Mr. Southard the same thing that I told the soldiers in my race relations seminars: just because you can’t see institutional racism and white privilege, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Privilege is often invisible to the privileged. White privilege is self-evident to most white people I know. We don’t need a poll to see that being white gives us advantages in many areas. It’s not something we asked for; it’s the result of entrenched institutional racism.

Mr. Southard also uses the cliché that “polls can be manipulated to say whatever one wants,” implying that all polls are bogus. In fact, only people who don’t understand polling – its methods and its limitations – can be manipulated by biased pollsters.

Jeff Koob

Columbia

Challenge the anti-Trump; challenge the left

Before Trump took office, we heard “Impeach, impeach, impeach.” The left has continued with the same mantra for the two years following his inauguration. The majority of the national news media, television in particular, have continually assailed Trump unrelentingly. You gotta give it to the left, they are united, they are vocal and seemingly use the same buzzwords. In fact, recently, a reporter from The Hill counted more than 160 times in one week “impeach” or “impeachment” was used by CNN and MSNBC ... a god brainwashing tactic.

The right seem to be reluctant to take the offense on a scale equal to that of the left. It is past time to take the offense and attack the left, vehemently. Since the right does not have the same support of the Fourth Estate, it becomes incumbent to unrelentingly use all available tools disposal such as: writing letters to editors, challenges to articles decrying Trump, attending local gatherings, making speaking to organizations, encouraging friends to join in the fight. In other words, we need a strong grassroots organization.

Some will offer a myriad of excuses such as it is no use; lack of time; don’t know how, etc., etc., etc.. That is exactly why the left is on the attack, constantly ... they have little known opposition. If we can’t muster a force to engage and challenge the left, we are going to be holding the proverbial bag.

Please overcome any fear, any reason, any “I can’t because ...” and get off your haunches and challenge, challenge, challenge the anti-Trump. That is exactly what we need to challenge the left.

Jay Pearson

Orangeburg

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