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Letter: Nation’s racism is showing

By Roy Schimelpfenig, WOODLAND
Published: May 25, 2023, 6:00am

My apologies to progressives. You are right. This nation has an abundance of racism.

The latest incident involves a pregnant nurse that finished a 12-hour shift in New York City and just wanted to get home. Paying for her bike rental, she was about to leave when five teens surrounded her. They wanted the bike, but she wouldn’t relinquish it as she yelled for help. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump claimed she was trying to steal the bike from a young Black man and that she “weaponized her tears to paint this man as a threat.” He has since deleted his tweet, but the damage was done.

Millions of the social media mob chimed in with their hatreds. Some called her a Karen, racist or white supremacist. She is now in hiding after receiving death threats and was placed on leave by the hospital even though she had receipts proving her rental. Evidently, when it comes to race, we are guilty until proved innocent. I pray she gets her job back soon. She helps people though her life will never be the same. All life matters, but in this progressive nation that just isn’t true.

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