My heart is crying after learning about the recent school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan (“Taliban storm Pakistani school at Peshawar, killing 141,” Web, Dec. 16). That day was truly one of the saddest days of my life. So many innocent children were murdered, and the worst part is that it was done in the name of Islam.
I believe the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network are using the same tactics as extremist Muslims in this nation. Both use their token victims to raise the level of animosity to the highest levels. Mr. Sharpton takes it to the White House and extremist Muslims take it to the courts.
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.