To The Editor:
(Re: “Unify U.S. by celebrating commanlities, not differences,” Aug. 31, 2017) In response to Mr. Zimmerman’s letter to the editor in the Aug. 31st issue, I would like to begin by referencing a column by journalist Gersh Kuntzman of the NY Daily News in response to the recent events at Charlottesville, “Ever wonder why there are no statues of Adolph Hitler in Berlin?”
Gersh maintains that Germany rejected Hitler as a traitor to his people, and continues to do so. In much the same way, the Confederacy was an act of treason against the United States of America, its Constitution and one of its greatest presidents.
... When Mr. Zimmerman states that “these monuments have been around for two centuries with little concern,” I would suggest that every black person had grave concerns. Of course, their concerns never became public because they feared for their safety.
Furthermore, consider what pain and outrage must go through the mind of every black person as they pass by these monuments daily: monuments that celebrate an effort by whites to subjugate and dehumanize an entire race.
For Mr. Zimmerman to further claim that it is insanity “when blacks and whites who were never slaves are fighting whites and others who were never Nazis over statues, monuments and places honoring prominent American historical figures,” is truly insanity.
Those counter-demonstrators were not there because of the statues; they were there willing to risk their own safety and well being to protest hatred and the promulgation of white supremacy. ...
— Laird and Linda
To read the entire letter, see the Sept. 14, 2013 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.