LETTERS

Kaepernick’s racism cries are unjust

Howard Glass

Grove City

 

When Colin Kaepernick and his ilk accuse the country of being racist, they are being unjust.

The nation suffered a high price for the sin of slavery, yet he ignores that, instead using our shameful past as a fulcrum to advance his celebrity. When you don’t forgive those who change their ways, you undermine the motivation for reform. To hold anyone endlessly accountable for their corrected wrongs is a perversion of everything noble. It soils his position in the public eye and wastes the potential good influence of his athletic success.

Progress demands that rectitude and penance be acknowledged. Civility staggers under the weight of those who fuel hatred.

Can anyone advance justice by being unjust?

 

Citizenship question should be in census

Peter Kautsky

Sharon

 

Should the citizenship question be included in the census? Yes.

The concern in states such as New York, California, Arizona and Texas is that the citizenship question would result in the undercount of “inhabitants” living in certain communities with large numbers of illegal alien residents. The argument goes that the 14th amendment refers to “persons” or “inhabitants” and not citizens.

In fact, the 14th amendment defines a citizen as one who is born here or naturalized as a citizen. Then, in the second section, the amendment refers to “their numbers” to determine apportionment. The pronoun “their” clearly refers to citizens, whereas those who would argue “numbers” or “inhabitants” does not refer to citizens omit the pronoun “their” and the first section of the amendment that provides for the apportionment of members of congress based on population.

The Trump Administration is being accused of racial bias and political motives in insisting on the citizenship question. The assumption that non-citizens are typically non-white and citizens are typically white would arguably empower a white population at the expense of a non-white population. There is an inherent racism in making such an assumption. Since the census determines the need for Federal funds and political representation, is it not necessary to know what the legitimate need is for funding and representation?

Furthermore, the right of the people to elect a president extends to the right of the elected president to enact a policy the people voted for. Government agencies cannot be “platonic guardians.”

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