When our paper sees as a major story Trump’s misuse of ‘to’ and ‘too’ in a tweet, it’s time to ponder what is really going on. Then add all the vile rhetoric and lawless actions against monuments to those honored from our past and school mascot names in honor of Native American bravery. Are we really this thin skinned? Or do we just need to face some reality?

Every people on this earth has been conquered at one time in their past and all have been both slave holders and slaves. Native Americans and African-Americans are just more recent and here. My ancestors fled because they were serfs, a small step from slavery. We need to get over it and stop blaming our troubles on the distant past.

This whining about mascot names and pulling down monuments of slave holders is an old play. Find a scapegoat; it can be the Jews in Germany, the slaveholders of the 19th century, the whites or Asians in America; anything but introspection. I have known many African-Americans and Native Americans who pulled themselves up with hard work and good choices and are living the American dream. I know of no one who got ahead by blaming someone else. Maybe 5th Century Saint Augustine’s words are worth rereading: “I saw that in their search for the cause of evil they had become full of malice.”

Ben Lazorti

Albany (Aug. 25)

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