Recently, the Daily Republic unfortunately published the racist vile statements in a letter to the editor from columnist Murray Bass (July 16, “Media out to get George Zimmerman”).
His totally inane, uniformed comments accusing the newspaper of willfully running front page stories, which he claims undermine the validity of the George Zimmerman verdict and likewise accusing President Barack Obama of working to undermine rights granted under the Second Amendment, all while screaming that the media and our government are trying to “lynch Zimmerman,” clearly shows a shocking lack of intelligence; a mental condition shared by so many conspiracy theorists.
As a 67-year-old white guy, I find it both startling and despicable to see how ill-founded the views of an even older person are, which should be a benefit, at least in part, from wisdom gained through age. To the contrary, and fortunately enough, very considerable national reporting and polling show that today’s young people are very far removed from the author’s views. Thank goodness the future of America is represented by this younger generation, far more progressive and welcoming in their views toward all Americans; indeed, toward all sorts of other worldwide citizens.
Finally, with respect to the author’s closing statement, next time “it could be you or me,” demonstrates how amazingly ignorant Mr. Bass is to presume, by implication, that all readers belong to the same old white demographic group he does and share the same desperate thinking he exhibits. The author should descend into that hole others of his ilk inhabit; this would go a long way to permanently close the lid on the coffin of racist attitudes he and others like him attempt to disseminate.
This type of thinking, and the horrible behavior ensuing thereafter, must always be rebutted in the most forceful terms.