Letters for Wednesday, August 26, 2020

No excuse for racism

As a young boy growing up I was lucky to be taught by my Mother that being prejudice against any people was not right. Today 65 years later, I’m extremely lucky that my mother educated me to believe, regardless of who we are, that any part of racism in our lives should never have to be.

With those words I say, the promoter of filling peoples minds with racism, prejudice, nasty political division, riots, and unrest in our country has been brought to you by our wonderful main street media and those people in our lives that didn’t have family members who taught us that racism doesn’t have to exist.

Steve Martin, Wailua Homesteads

We need to work together to get out of this

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live at present with many of us confined to working from home and isolating wherever possible, especially here in Melbourne, Australia where we are panicking about just over 200 new cases today. This is a situation which many countries would be wishing for as their numbers head to the thousands as in the USA where there were just under 50,000 new cases on Friday.

We are basically isolated, working from home, schooling from home and watching too much TV at home although some people have returned to reading books and weeding the garden. The choice of TV shows has suddenly been reduced as the Masked Singer show has had to shut down due to some of the crew catching the virus. It appears that wearing very large, rather ornate masks probably isn’t enough to stop infections. The cast of second rate or lower celebrities and singers have now gone home to isolate, and the general public will have to wait till it’s all clear to see who the next basically has been or never was tries to sing. This shut down has been one of the few positives we have seen recently.

This is a time of discomfort for most and for some life changing health issues with too many dying. We need to work together, separately, and wear our masks to get out of this.

Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, Australia

16 Comments
  1. nothings free August 26, 2020 9:57 am Reply

    Good letter Steve! The good news is that while racism will always exist in isolated circumstances and must be dealt with, there is no “systematic” racism in the United States today! That fact was proven when a majority of White people voted to install Barack Hussein Obama as the first Black President of the United States! No White person would vote to make a Black man the most powerful person on earth if they were a “skin color” racist! Unfortunately, and for reason’s I do not claim to have a real understanding, the looking down on others because they’re crooks, troublemakers, drug runners, murderers, and other mal contents, has not disappeared, and never will. In the 1950’s and 60’s, 80% of Black families had a core family with a Mother and Father in the home. That changed. Now 7 out of 10 Black children have no Father in the home. The Black culture has a decimated nuclear family problem that has led to their 13% of the population committing nearly 50% of all murders, home break ins, robberies etc.! It is not racism to be weary of those who belong to any culture which has morphed into such a dangerous demographic catastrophe. The White culture is also going in the wrong direction! Only 75% of White children live with both parents, and only 30% of Black children do. Even the White percentage is too low! Why did this happen? The cause can be firmly placed on the parents themselves. Fathers and Mothers taking care of their children is their choice, it is not our Society demanding it! If anything, giving free money and other things to any population will breed laziness and a lack of self respect. Especially when the free Government handouts pay more than entry level jobs pay! It turns out that the failures of “Affirmative Action” combined with generational Government “free stuff” handouts has destroyed families, bred discontent and low self esteem, and has nearly destroyed hope that our Black brothers and Sisters will be able to rebuild their families any time soon? Thank God President Trump has passed prison reform, given Blacks their lowest unemployment rates in history, instituted enterprise zones, and is fighting to give minority students school choice so they can go to any Public school they want to! He is the first President in decades who is actually doing something about the mess our inept “Politicians” have created over the past 50 years!


    1. nothings correct August 27, 2020 7:12 am Reply

      I had to stop reading when you claimed that a majority of whites in the USA voted for Obama. That was not true in either presidential election he won.


      1. nothings free August 28, 2020 7:19 am Reply

        Sorry “nothings correct”. It is mathematically impossible for a Black President to be elected in the United States without a majority of “white” people voting for them. The white citizens of the United States make up 0ver 70% of the population. You do the math!! But then you were correct about one thing – your name.


        1. nothings correct August 29, 2020 4:34 pm Reply

          You seem to think that, in the USA, 100% of people vote, or that each ethnicity votes in equal proportions.

          You don’t really understand statistics very well, do you?

          But here’s a trick… I looked it up before posting. Try it, we’ll all benefit.
          Need some help? I’ll start you out:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_United_States_presidential_election#Voter_demographics
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_United_States_presidential_election#Voter_demographics

          Enjoy!


          1. nothings free August 31, 2020 5:14 am

            Of course 100% of people don’t vote, however, keep in mind that a vast higher majority of white people vote than any other race!


          2. nothings correct August 31, 2020 5:16 pm

            nf, remember when people ask you for citations? And they provide links to data, but you don’t? There is a reason. Put up or drop it. You aren’t doing well the way you are.


        2. MisterM August 29, 2020 8:45 pm Reply

          Steve, after reading your letter, it’s obvious your dear ol’ mammy did a far worse job of educating you about prejudice than you realize. Your letter simply drips with alt-right racist screeds. Why are Blacks the focus of your letter? What about Brown, Yellow and Red people? Methinks you desperately need to start reading mainstream media and stop poisoning your narrow mind with propaganda from Fox Newz, Breitbart and similar garbage.


        3. Another thing August 30, 2020 4:27 am Reply

          Interesting that you specified that a “Black President” couldn’t be elected without a majority of “white” people voting for them. Why that need? Would you have meant “a President”?

          Methinks it shows a… bias.


      2. Pete Antonson August 29, 2020 2:02 pm Reply

        President Obama received 43% of the white vote in 2008 and 39% of the white vote in 2012. Fact checks should always come before smugness.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2012/11/08/president-obama-and-the-white-vote-no-problem/


      3. One more thing August 29, 2020 2:35 pm Reply

        76.3% of the US is white if you count Hispanics as white like the Census. If you do not, it drops to 60.1% and is estimated to be 49% in 25 years.


  2. Kauaidoug August 26, 2020 11:32 am Reply

    Mr Martin, Unless you are of color how would you really know about racism as you grew up? If white, then your parents could buy a home anywhere they could afford, no redlining. But I wonder most of all how you seem to blame the media for the unrest when the president says there are fine people on both sides. Whether or not you are a racist you are assisting the very right ring racism we saw in Nazi germany. Yes, it took Hitler several years of deploying the very tactics we see used by this revisionistic Trump regime before he actually started WWll. We see them rewriting history this week before our very eyes!. Just remember when you point at others of being racist you have three fingers pointing back at you. These are very dangerous times. We already see armed conflict in Kenosha and people on both sides are itching for a fight. Trump understands by watching other despots around the world that Chaos is a Ladder. Plus we have foreign powers ready to confuse the American people anyway they can since 2016 and before. The closer we get to this election the cooler our heads must remain even while dealing with the pandemic, which is not a Hoax BTW.


  3. Uli Roth August 26, 2020 12:30 pm Reply

    Hey Steve,
    Sounds like you had a great mom! Me too! We still need the media though. Just have to be careful about which media you read or listen to. Who is reporting facts, and who stirs up the the bs.


  4. Pete Antonson August 26, 2020 1:44 pm Reply

    So Steve Martin has the secret to the end of human injustice. We eliminate University History Departments and all nonfiction books along with the News Media. If we don’t educate people about the Nazis, or slavery, or the butchery of WW II Japanese soldiers, these things will “just go away,” like the virus did for the President!


  5. Steve Martin August 26, 2020 9:20 pm Reply

    The best thing about writing a letter to the editor is the fact one can really see a wide variety of commenters that display opinions that have nothing to do with the letter that was written. Myself, I can’t begin to think How I would come up with what I have read. “ A secret to the end of human injustice”. Really? My letter was about a little boy who was put into a position and because of it his Mother created an experience First hand that showed him that in his life he never has to be prejudice or racial to anyone. It bothers me that people treat each other like many do. It’s simply time that we accept each other for good or bad and show plenty of respect and I have found in my life that attitude and action has worked well. Keep reading you might just get it.Aloha


  6. james August 28, 2020 7:38 am Reply

    Steve: What is the point of your letter? Are you saying that racism doesn’t exist, that it is made up by “main street media”, whatever that means, (is Fox News part of that?) and by people who didn’t have mother’s like yours? So, the logical conclusion of your letter is that if no one mentions racism it doesn’t exist? Sounds eerily similar to “if we don’t test, the virus doesn’t exist”. The more we talk about racism, the more light is shined on racism, then the better we will be to address the problem, which does exist whether you want it to or not.


  7. Lawaibob August 29, 2020 6:56 pm Reply

    Trump / Prison 2020
    MacDonalds And Golf Again


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