I agree with Rob Arnold’s assessment that Eric Holder and this administration have set back race relations by decades (“Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Louis Farrakhan set back race relations progress,” Web, Dec. 11). In my 65 years as a white male, I have seen a major leap forward in racial harmony among all races. Interracial marriages were virtually unheard of when I was a teenager in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Today, such a thing is not only common but is accepted by most people, regardless of race, ethnicity or cultural background.
There is a huge pushback against statements of the many who have assigned New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and even President Obama with culpability in the deaths of two New York police officers (“Al Sharpton says he’s the victim, plays audio of death threat during press conference,” Web, Dec. 21).
For a Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz is quite misguided indeed (“Frat house vandals use ‘argument the terrorists make,’ Dershowitz warns,” Web, Dec. 21). Founded in 1866, the Ku Klux Klan extended into almost every Southern state and by 1870 became a vehicle for white Southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. KKK members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican leaders.
Every year as Christmas approaches we see the same two teams going at it again. Quite frankly it is getting a little old. Anti-religious zealots often go too far trying to expunge Jesus and nativity scenes from the public square. People have been so cowed into saying “Season’s greetings” and “Happy holidays” and avoiding “Merry Christmas” at all costs that we now have some people saying “Happy holidays” at Thanksgiving time, as if “Happy Thanksgiving” would offend anyone. “Season’s greetings” is as vacuous as wishing someone a “Happy Wednesday.” Personally, I have never cared whether someone wished me a happy anything. My true happiness does not depend on it.
As a second-generation law enforcement officer on total, permanent disability from a combination of war wounds received in Vietnam and job-related injuries, I believe there has been a serious injustice perpetrated against the police of this country by our president and his cohort, Attorney General Eric Holder.