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Letter: Two recent stories reveal depth of white arrogance

Two recent stories reveal depth of white arrogance

As a member of the majority race, I was saddened to read two items in The News last week. The first reported on a local high school unable to tear itself away from it pejorative nickname, and the second was a celebrity politician’s publicly aired conviction that the president of the United States of America does not love his country.

For anyone who doesn’t think white arrogance is alive and well, think again. Though not intended to be pernicious, these latest developments in the continuing saga of the white man’s burden are certainly racist.

“Redskin” is a slang term for a Native American, defined in current dictionaries of American English as offensive, disparaging, insulting and taboo. And of course President Obama, now, is not only a liar (State of the Union address), a non-American (thank you, Donald Trump et al.) and lawbreaker (thank you, Speaker John Boehner) but now has no love for America.

Of the former, we palefaces only took their land and tried to wipe them off the face of the earth, and of the latter, we continually disregard the fact that Obama is the epitome of the American Dream, along with all that exceptionalism my fellow brethren constantly harp about.

Joe Sullivan