Open your eyes to racism
In response to Maureen Cahill’s letter to the editor where she stated she was insulted as a white American from an editorial cartoon, I offer her a different perspective. She referred to a cartoon that stated “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even” and showed an African-American ballot box. I was much more offended and taken aback by her response than the cartoon.
As a white male, I can never fully understand what it’s like to be black in America but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try, shouldn’t listen, shouldn’t empathize. She asks just what do African-Americans have to get even about? I encourage her to consider both the subtleties of racism and overt racism that still exist in our country today. For the latter example, that a black male can be strangled to death by a police officer while not resisting or being violent in any way, and the whole incident caught on tape, and the police officer not charged. For the former, her own letter that seems to say that because there are many professional blacks today there must not be any racism. Furthermore, what is more American, peaceful, or nonviolent than using a vote as a voice?
If Ms. Cahill is willing to educate herself some I suggest the book, “The Education of a WASP,” for an honest account of how blind we often are as white Americans to the racism that continues to exist in our country. The overall tone of Ms. Cahill’s letter seems to be saying “civil rights happened, you can go to college, get a job, what more do you want?” Clearly by many recent events we are a long way in our country from things being fair and even between being white and black in America. Mostly, I wanted to speak up to make it clear that Ms. Cahill does not speak for all white readers of the Fort Mill Times.