Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for June 24

Blacks aren’t ‘boot-heeled’

Andrew Dys’ Saturday article, on page one, was not only full of venom but inaccurate as well. The statement, “... people who have been boot-heeled all their lives because they were born black,” may be applied to the ’50s and before but is outdated now.

There are anti-discrimination laws covering everything from housing and employment to restaurant service. And the federal government will pursue and prosecute anyone guilty of “boot-heeling” – with an attorney general who is black, I might add.

The statement, “blacks have not been afforded the same opportunities in education, medical care,” is grossly inaccurate. My children are 50 and 45 years old. They went to public schools in South Carolina, and their classmates were black and white. They took the same classes and had the same teachers.

The same can be said for my two grandchildren, who attend public school in South Carolina. Their classes contain white, black, Asian and Hispanic children.

My heart doctor, who I credit with saving my life, is black. His waiting room is usually full of both blacks and whites.

I would also like to inform Mr. Dys that racial hatred knows no color barriers. Read the writings of Malcom X. Listen to one of Louis Farrakhan’s sermons. Research the “Washington Sniper.” Observe how Al Sharpton has taken “race baiting” to new lows.

Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Dys’ lamentation of the lack of black elected officials in York County puzzles me. Whose fault is this? Mine?

We have black state legislators, a black senator from South Carolina and a black president. I submit that the lack of local black politicians is due to the fact that few, if any, blacks pursue these offices.

The massacre in Charleston is a tragedy, a tragedy that embarrasses our state, and it should be condemned by everyone. But it certainly should not be used by Mr. Dys to exhibit his contempt for those of us who are “guilty of being white.”

Tal Payne

Great Falls

Pope gets too political

The Catholic church does not need a politically activist pope. Religion and politics do not and should not mix. Religion is about teaching and learning about belief in God, living an ethical life, practicing acts of charity, responsibility, obedience, fidelity, service and love of neighbor.

God created this earth we inhabit, and our religious beliefs mandate we care for it.

The pope also has stated that out bodies are gifts from God and lives should be protected, but the liberals won't go along with a ban on abortions. Global warming is a political fraud, but liberals have an agenda. It is money and power.

As a lifelong, practicing Catholic, I am not happy with the pope’s political leanings. Stick with God, he's a winner.

Patricia Armstrong

Fort Mill