Letters to the Editor

Republicans are trying to normalize Trump's immorality

Donald Trump has clarified the American moral and political landscape. As his latest attack on Elijah Cummings, a distinguished African-American member of Congress and his majority African-American district demonstrates: If you are still a Republican you are a racist. You are either an explicit racist mouthing the same tropes or a complicit racist happy to spite liberals, eager to exercise power and determined to benefit from a tax cut or a supreme court pick.

Why should we treat this as anything more than a cruder form of politics as usual? After all Ronald Reagan opened his 1980 general election campaign with thinly disguised calls for white supremacy in Neshoba County, Mississippi, the scene of the murder of three civil rights workers in 1964. This is different because it is another and a firmer step toward the dehumanization of entire groups of people. This obvious "otherization" of human beings is a decisive step back to the horrific lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco in 1916, the Holocaust of Europe of the 1930s and 1940s, the brutal murder of Emmet Till in Mississippi in 1955, and the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963 that left four young African-American girls dead.

Treating Trump's blatant racism as politics as usual normalizes amoral behavior. Following the path of so many pundits and changing the subject or engaging in both-sides-do-it aids and abets this normalization of immorality.

Continuing to vote for Republicans further normalizes immorality and threatens the ideals that Americans have seldom lived up to but long reached for.

WALTER BUENGER

Bryan


Thanks to Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk for a job well done

We all want to thank Sheriff Chris Kirk for a job well done.

I've been around for a long time and he's been one of the best.

LEE PICCOLO

Bryan