Those telling us we’re all racist are the real dividers

To the editor:

I was going to have a quiet summer’s day today, but then I read the latest sermon from Mr. Eric Becht of Mifflintown telling us all how to be good citizens, and now my blood is boiling.

Mr. Becht informed us recently that the Republican Party is the source of all evil, implying, I suppose, that the Democratic Party must be the source of all good.

Several years ago, several members of the Foreign Service, a branch of the State Department, were attacked in Benghazi. Several calls for assistance from nearby US forces went unanswered, those forces having been instructed — by some yet-unknown authority — to stand down. Four Americans were killed. In the aftermath, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed the nation that the attack was motivated by an anti-American video of some sort. It is reported that Mrs. Clinton knew that that was a lie, because she had told her daughter the truth beforehand. The attack was a simple terrorist raid for which the department was unprepared. More recently, several Democrat supporters on the left have been calling for a recession — to the detriment of most of the population — in order to unseat the president, and presumably to regain power for the Democrats. Do you call those two examples “evil” on the part of the Democrats? You tell me. I count myself a Republican, but I have voted for a Democrat for president, that is, I will change my party affiliation if the situation warrants. Mr. Becht cannot do that; the Republican Party for him is evil, so he is chained in his Democratic prison.

Now, Mr. Becht tells us, and I will quote this verbatim, that “There has never been a time in on this continent when white people did not falsely consider themselves to be superior to all others …” going on to list all sorts of ethnic groups. Mr. Becht, I assume you are white from your name, so I guess you feel superior to all those groups, don’t you? Your charge is a racial stereotype, such a claim being the generalized association of one group with a particular sin or behavior, which we have been at pains to suppress these days, it having no basis in logic.

There are different communities here — blacks, Latinos, Indians and Jews, among others. Am I different from them? In a way. Do I feel superior to them? Why? A recent study confirmed that a community with high homogeneity has a higher level of community spirit and involvement than others, which simply means that I will be most comfortable hanging out with white people for the most part. Does that make me a racist? No. My psychological response to difference in no way implies feelings of superiority. I wish more commentators could understand this point.

There is racism in this country, where people let difference equate to inferiority. But that’s on the fringes of the population. If I am certain of anything, I am certain that the great majority of people, if left alone, will get along just fine in this country. It is people like Mr. Becht with his absurd generalizations who tend to divide us.

John Brittain



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