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Letter: Vast majority repulsed by hate and prejudice

Vast majority repulsed by hate and prejudice

William Faulkner, the great American author, wrote: “The past is never dead, it’s not even past.”

What could be a more prophetic explanation of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday? White supremacist hate groups were marching against the removal of a Confederate monument. These monuments represent the terror of that era when slavery was still the law of the South. The removal of these monuments was long overdue.

But what emboldened these groups, such as the neo-Nazis and the KKK, to protest and use violence was the election of Donald Trump. His slogan, “Make America great again,” is code for “Make America white again.”

The backlash against this hate has been spontaneous – a good indication that we will survive these groups and Trump.

While the past, no matter how horrid, may always be with us, so is the future. With the election of its first black president and continued acceptance of many diversities, America’s future as a world leader in human rights seems secure.

Richard A. Leva

Dunkirk

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