Letter: Hate mongers

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Hate mongers

On June 17, 2015, white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine people, including Pastor Clementa C. Pinckney, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News responded to this massacre with a blaring headline that urged its extremist followers to “Hoist it high and proud: The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.”

The legacy of the Confederacy is in no regard “glorious” but rather represents an ignominious past of a more than 300-year history of barbarism through the enslavement and, following “Reconstruction,” re-enslavement of millions of black human beings. Those who survived being forcibly taken from their homes and families and somehow lived through the horrifying passage were, once they arrived in this country, subjected to every conceivable brutality.

Slaves were often murdered, raped and tortured by their captors. They lived under the most horrendous conditions in an evil and unjust land that treated them far worse than any animal.

Bannon, despite the protests of people like James Kofalt (Sunday Monitor Forum, Nov. 19), has a well deserved reputation of being a bigot as does his alter ego President Donald J. Trump.

Trump defended rebel statues erected to support “Jim Crow” segregation and praised “the very fine people” among the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and others who marched in Charlottesville, Va., while shouting the old Nazi slogan “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us” before murdering Heather Heyer, a peaceful counter demonstrator.

We know exactly who these hate mongers Trump and Bannon are. We know that everything they stand for, including suppressing the voting rights of minorities, is contrary to American values and ideals.