To the editor:

(Re.“Birthplace of Republican Party is ‘black eye on Ripon’s history,’” May 20, 2021)

Mr. Gatzke, I agree with you that slavery, the treatment of Native Americans and the internment of Japanese Americans are black marks in our Nation’s history.

However, I feel compelled to clarify a few things from your letter to the editor two weeks ago.

The Republican party was founded in 1854 in that Little White Schoolhouse by local residents who were against the spread of slavery into western territories.

The first elected Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, abolished slavery. The “Trail of Tears,” otherwise known as the Indian Removal Act of 1830, predates the Republican Party and was enacted during the presidency of Andrew Jackson of the Democratic Party.

The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was by the order of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt also of the Democratic Party.

It seems you have a distorted and misguided understanding of our nation’s history which makes me wonder if the other points you attempt to make are not similarly distorted and misguided.

— Tim Chyma


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