Americans should be ‘color-blind’
(Last) week’s letter that was featured in the “Letters to the Editor” section (“Spectator uneven in news coverage, Oct. 14) really hit a bad note with me. Our founding documents call us to unequivocally know that “All men are created Equal,” and that this right was granted to us by God. But the letter mentioned above does the exact opposite, by creating a wall that is blindly hidden behind the defense of words such as “race,” “minorities,” and “discrimination.”
The attitude of most Americans should be that of the philosophy of a “color-blind” America. For in categorizing us into minority, majority, black, white, red, yellow, straight, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and so on, we lose sight of that which truly makes us American: inhabitants of a land that so loves each and everyone of us regardless of who we are or what we look like.
In saying this, I completely understand that there are people who are just plain ignorant, and so was their upbringing, but when ignorance is fought with ignorance, nothing is accomplished! My closing point here is that the longer we keep putting labels on people thus allowing a breeding ground full of infested prejudice and racism, the farther this great country’s people will be from its creed, that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Spectator editorial board illustrates racism
If there are black students on The Spectator editorial board and they agreed with Ms. Duett’s sentiments then I wish you would give me their names so I can meet with them. If there are no black students on The Spectator’s editorial board then you need to rectify the situation so that your staff does not make flagrantly bad decisions in the future like the decision made to run the opinion piece written by Ms. Duett.
Ms. Duett should be ashamed of the sentiments she expressed in the op-ed piece she authored on Oct. 14. Even worse is that The Spectator staff allowed themselves to be publicly affiliated with such an egregious opinion. I am disappointed that an entire editorial board at a prominent university does not understand the definition of racism.
I challenge the entire editorial staff (all of whom Ms. Duett claims to represent) to actually invoke the standard of newsworthiness the way professional journalists do. It was news when President Obama made history as the first black president, and the newspapers of this country were not being racist by reporting that fact. It was news when I made history as the first white woman to be elected president of a branch of the NAACP, and the press was not being racist by reporting that fact. It was news when a young black woman was elected Homecoming Queen for the first time since 2004, and it would not have been racist for your newspaper to report that fact.
Instead of reporting newsworthy issues in a fair and unbiased manner, your newspaper has repeatedly ignored the accomplishments of black students, it has repeatedly showcased black students in negative situations, and the editorial board culminated all of that with an egregious editorial claiming that the way “to achieve progression” is to “stop dwelling on the issues of the past.”
I invite Ms. Duett to the next Krystallnacht worship service at the Jewish Temple where she can tell the assembly that the way “to achieve progression” is to “stop dwelling on the issues of the past.”
If racism is what The Spectator editorial board wanted to illustrate, then it quite succeeded.
Leigh Touchton, President