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May 26, 2022

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Letter: Confront history of racism

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Once again, we are challenged by the issue of our country being racist. We are, but hopefully we can prove to the children Mr. Schimelpfenig and I are concerned about that we can and are attempting to do better (“We are not a racist nation,” Our Readers’ Views, Jan. 4).

In the U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 deals with how slaves will be counted in future elections. From 1787 that racism was documented, instilled and cannot be denied.

The Tulsa race riots of 1921, where hundreds of black citizens died at hands of white local government-sponsored officials, is rarely mentioned in our children’s history books. This was not a riot but a massacre. Racism at its worse.

Finally, interracial marriage become legal in all states only in 1967. That is racism just a little over 50 years ago, and it needs to be taught so that it can be fought.

We have a part of our population that doesn’t want history to show our faults. We cannot be better humans until we realize our mistakes. If the goal of education is to create better citizens, better human beings, then racism’s ugly past and the hatred that it continues to instill must be confronted.

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