The divide between minorities and GOP grows wider
To the editor:
I keep expecting to see a “post-racist” America, but I am becoming discouraged. The Obama presidency has inflamed that “virus” into a contagious form of rabies engulfing much of a political party. Sanitized rhetoric has not drowned-out dog whistles rising from carefully crafted speeches ringing faded echoes of Dixie.
Voter suppression, anti-immigrant campaigns, Birtherism, implying the president may be an alien, even legislative obstruction to White House initiatives are historic tactics used to delay minority civil rights.
Right-to-work policies were also incubated in a racial environment. Fabrications mocking the president made the Republican convention sound like a zombie chorus. I detect an institutionalized, racial-tinged slander embedded in fact-free comments. Mr. Obama may eschew pushing back against personal racist attacks, but he would not deny minority vote suppression exclusively by Republican statehouses is unconstitutional.
Republican campaign rhetoric deliberately stokes resentment of economic pain suffered by every American since ’08 — just to peel away a few white voters. They would have the voter angry that “other” or “less deserving” folks are soaking up some larger share of entitlements. (Not true! White poor families deservedly receive the majority of Medicaid and supplemental nutrition funds.)
A recent poll reported 0 percent of black voters would vote for Romney. Zero percent! Of course, African-Americans recognize racism far better than I. They understand this cruel game, whereas I merely have a spectator’s grasp. That statistic identifies the residue of prejudice.
In my humble estimate, minorities simply want a well-paying job and an equal chance for middle-class status, like any other citizen. Sure, there’s competition, but if fairness shapes the process, they will not complain. Look into your own heart before you vote. Reject racism.
M. Douglas Becker
Evolution opponent proves opposite point
To the editor:
Talk about muddying the waters ...
In his latest letter — while dismissing the theory of evolution — Mr. Yumlu actually posted arguments that support it.
Evolution is driven by two essential processes: Mutation and natural selection. Mutation is what causes the “species-diverse genome” Mr. Yumlu quotes. Without mutation, everybody’s genes would be exactly identical, identical to that of our parents, and ultimately identical to that of the biblical Adam.
In reality, cell division introduces small errors in our genome — the mutations Darwin theorized about. Our species-diverse genome is thus evidence for evolution.
Similarly, the “adaptation process which gives the species ability to survive” that Yumlu quotes, is exactly what biologists call natural selection. Because it is the “species” that adapts, not individual members of that species. Individual members either survive (if they have the ability to survive encoded in their genes already) or die (if they don’t).
And the ones who survive then pass on that ability to their offspring. The fact that strains of microorganisms become immune to antibiotics is thus evidence for evolution — just like Darwin theorized.