Letters to the Editor

A witness to racism

The Rev. L. Clark Williams’ July 29 commentary correctly connects Donald Trump’s vitriol and the open racism resurgence in America. I am a retired history professor, a Mississippian, and I know what racism is. I attended college in Mississippi and did graduate study in Louisiana. When a 1965 court order forced New Orleans school integration, we had a child in first grade. On day two of school our child-care provider got a call requesting that we meet with the principal on Friday.

After some formalities, he said, “I hate to tell you. You need to know that Kimberly is playing with those black girls,” using the n-word for those precious girls. We told him what we thought of racism and how proud we were of Kim.

The Trump children’s convention speeches were impressive. Some days later, Donald Jr. spoke for his father at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss. In 1964, county officials and the Klan cooperated there in the murders of three civil rights workers. I wonder if young Trump recognized any racism in those Confederate battle flags at Mississippi’s version of Fancy Farm.

But no, healing words spoken by a Trump would be newsworthy. Hopefully, Junior’s apple will someday fall far from the Trump tree.

John Broome

Williamsburg

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