‘March 29, 2021

Editor, The News-Gazette:

The world wars changed America. Farm boys left the farm, never to return. The nation offered the G.I. Bill to young white men who in turn bought houses or went to college. College sports grew. Twenty years after WWII, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke, and he opened the door for Blacks to excel in a white man’s world.

Schools, colleges, and the military expanded. College sports became something none of us could ever have imagined.

And yet in the South we still grapple with race. However, with every decade it has become less so. Children today know nothing of the separation of the races. If they are aware of race at all, it’s because someone taught them, that the other race can’t be trusted, or that the other race is better at this than you are.

It has taken a century and half to come this far, but opportunities are the same. Eyebrows and fears are no longer raised because a Black family moves into the high-end neighborhood.

Where people are less educated, less Godly, distrust still exists. The idea of interracial dating and marriage still bother many. Simultaneously our country has elected a Black president and recently, a Black, female vice president. There isn’t any office that is closed to Blacks, no college, no enterprise.

So, what are we trying to change? Must we erase the names of two Confederate, American generals who fought on the wrong side of the Civil War … who lived in Lexington, died and are buried here? How will that change the less educated?

What new doors will be opened that God has not already opened?

The Jewish faith following God’s good command and infinite wisdom have practiced remembrance of their slave history for 2,500 years. America’s slavery ended a mere 150 years ago. Does it not seem dangerously misguided to erase any part of it, as though it never happened?



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