Friday August 31, 2018
People should try to get to know those of different races.
I am a retired white male who is trying to understand racism and bigotry in America. I could never understand why so many people identify with the Republican Party when it primarily stands for the wealthy and corporations.
Since President Donald Trump's election it is clear to me that the reason is racism. There seems to be a deep, underlying distrust of the black and brown races, probably because so many white Americans have little contact with them. In my junior high years I was introduced to people of other races. I struck up a friendship with some and found they were no different than my own family. In the Navy our ship's crew was color-blind. You depended on everyone as much as they depended on you.
Some say minorities are takers who get welfare and don't pay their taxes. Yet many white people also rely on government programs that aid the needy. And it seems no one complains about corporations that make billions of dollars, take government handouts and pay little or no taxes.
Republicans say they are proud of our military, yet under the Trump administration the Army started denying citizenship to immigrants who volunteered to serve our country. I feel they deserve citizenship more than whites who never served.
Instead of being ballot box racists, people should try saying hello to a minority they see in the store or on the street. They might discover these individuals are no different than them.
Distrust of minorities fuels support for GOP