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Fallen short

So Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a Republican tea party star, came out and said what everyone knows: That President Trump engaged in activity worthy of impeachment (“GOP congressman: Trump impeachable,” May 19). And the GOP response is, in short order, to find someone to run against him in the next primary.

The GOP doesn’t care about truth or justice, it just wants to maintain power.

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” is the GOP response to every justified criticism of Trump’s lack of character and ethics, every suggestion of corruption. “The Mueller report is over!” “Hillary’s emails!” “Socialism!” “Liberal media!” Anything but an honest evaluation of the matter at hand.

I admire Amash. He’s standing tall in a party that has fallen far short of its patriotic obligations.

Jane Simmons

Winston-Salem

Privileged

My church has a lengthy written welcome to visitors that includes this important sentence, “We believe that black and brown lives matter and that white privilege is real.” I appreciate the clarity and conviction of this statement, and I think it speaks to the furor we are having over a name change of the Dixie Classic Fair.

The following is a simple checklist I created to determine if you are a member of the privileged white class.

  • You are privileged if your ancestors were not slaves who were considered property.
  • You are privileged if you did not have an ancestor who was lynched during the period after Reconstruction. More than 4,000 African Americans suffered such a brutal fate.
  • You are privileged if your ancestors were not among those slaughtered in the Wilmington massacre of 1898.
  • You are privileged if you and members of your family were not subjected to the harsh, humiliating, hate-filled Jim Crow laws and customs that legally ended in 1964.

The discrimination against African Americans, while not as brutal, continues to this day. In 2015, a three-week voter-suppression trial held in Winston-Salem eventually ended in the Fourth District Court of Appeals. It was determined that there were clear attempts to deprive African Americans the right to vote. When will the discrimination end?

There is every reason white Americans and our citizens of color react differently to the word Dixie. Among white Americans, there seems to be a famine of empathy.

Charles Francis Wilson

Winston-Salem

Someone else’s fault

On May 17, President Trump tweeted that no one warned him that Michael Flynn, his first national security advisor, might be trouble.

“It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge. It would have been impossible for me to know this but, if that was the case, and with me being one of two people who would become president, why was I not told so that I could make a change?”

The assertion is absurd. We have on the record already that President Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn. Then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned Trump about Flynn — and Trump fired her. Former New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie warned Trump about Flynn. Everyone but the cashier at the neighborhood CVS warned Trump about Flynn.

He really can’t take responsibility for anything, can he? It’s always someone else’s fault.

What a great role model for our children. What a great leader for our nation.

Tom Pannell

Winston-Salem

No more Rubin

Please eliminate the columns from Jennifer Rubin. She is a left-wing liberal who bashes our president, our government and Republicans. We don’t need her views and she divides our nation. She needs to go.

James Caudill

Wilkesboro

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