To the editor:
I guess I am frustrated with the articles that two gentlemen continue to write for your paper.
One seems to continually insult the president and the other with his thoughts on racism. The last one on systematic racism was the killer for me.
I am an 81-year-old man who would like to have a voice, but it seems what I write is not to your liking because it would ask questions that many don’t want to ask anymore.
Black Lives Matter has created a fear and people are scared to be called a racist. Look up the (Joseph) McCarthy era. People were afraid to be called a communist or associate with any one being accused, falsely or not.
It was a terrible era. People committed suicide, some lost their careers and lives were ruined. It took a few brave people who finally spoke up. One was Edward R Murrow, who challenged McCarthy.
George Floyd shouldn’t have died the way he supposedly did. I wish that on no one.
However, he was a career criminal and one of his last acts was holding a gun to a pregnant women’s stomach during a robbery. His criminal record is long. Yet he received a funeral fit for a king, given a folded flag — by U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi — usually only given to those who served valiantly, and now they are naming a street after him.
The gentleman from the Franklin Special School District who asked the question about professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem was, as predicted, drummed out of his position and no one spoke up for him. This, as I wrote previously, is out right fear.
I call your attention to a Black baseball player who came up with the Minnesota Twins organization. His name was Lyman Bostock.
He signed what was then a lucrative contract with the Angels. Bostock started the year off poorly and refused to accept any money until he played better. Do you know an athlete who would do this today?
He was killed while sitting in the back seat of a car with his cousin. Her husband thought she was with another man and shot them both. There is no street named after him, nor did his family receive a folded flag.
We live in an era of fear, and our news media, like yourself, will not speak out. You go with the flow.
I call your attention to the following saying, I believe, by Edmund Berke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.”