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Of history, Democrats and racism.

In "Verdict doesn't end racism debates'' (Telegram & Gazette, July 17), Clive McFarlane states that the Zimmerman nonguilty verdict is a confirmation of the continued injustice blacks face in this society. If that were true, what does OJ's nonguilty verdict say about reverse-racism against white victims in our society?

Clive, who obviously hates the Republican Party, complains that not much has changed since the days of Jim Crow. Well, Jim Crow segregation was a creation of the Democratic Party, which controlled the Solid South.

Clive further states that lynch mobs no longer wear white hoods and burn crosses. Right: The 1992 L.A. riot was certainly a lynch mob without hoods or crosses. In fact, at 53 dead it was the deadliest riot in America since the so-called New York Draft riots of 1863, during the Civil War, when between 100 and 200 died and when thousands of Irish immigrants, loyal to the Democratic Party, ran wild, lynching free blacks and burning down the black children's orphanage, beating the children with sticks and stones.

The New York Times called the rioters "the left wing of Lee's army.'' Lee's Confederacy had been formed by a group of seceding Democratic governors.

By the way, during Reconstruction the second-largest group of lynch victims were Republicans. And why would President Obama want to celebrate Jefferson-Jackson Day? Jefferson and Jackson, both Democrats, owned hundreds of slaves, while Old Hickory had also been a slave-trader. Clive either ignores these facts or he is ignorant of them.


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Title Annotation:Editorials
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jul 28, 2013
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