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Letter: Monument reads separate and not equal among vets

Monument reads separate and not equal among vets

The Nov. 14 letter, “African-American monument segregates American vets” was insightful and courageous. African-American soldiers were treated badly both during and after World War II and it’s good that we as a nation acknowledge it as part of our history. But is a separate monument the best way to do this?

Though well intended, wouldn’t the monument be a continuous visual message of “equal but separate” status rather than integration? The fact that non-African-Americans also support the monument is a sign of our community’s desire to be inclusive, to move past the racial divide. The proposed monument physically and visually emphasizes division, surely not what its supporters intended.

Ray Volpe


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