Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Lee Fisher

Recently, The Oneonta Daily Star published the following letter to the editor, by Lee Fischer who is president of the Oneonta Branch of the NAACP.
“Since 1909, the NAACP has led the fight against bias and hatred.  Recently, our organization has been deeply concerned by the growing national trend of overt racism, anti-Islamism, anti-Semitism, etc.
“Even locally, there has been an increase in hate crimes.  Both in words and in deeds, some community members and college students have been victimized.  It is as if bigotry having laid dormant, has suddenly been awakened by an evil genie and is now widely approved and unabashedly reported.
“The present cynical and cruel political climate spurns the sacrifices of the Freedom Riders, the Lunch Counter Sit-Ins, the Voting Rights Workers and all those who faced death to ensure civil and human rights for all.
“As history has taught us too well, there is a danger in letting this trend persist, as none of us may be able to remain safe in the face of prejudice and discriminatory policies.  We must speak up when we witness others being harassed because of who they are.  Silence in the face of injustices is too often interpreted as approval.
“Everyone must work to eradicate the evils of bigotry, racial hatred, and discrimination.  It is now especially important to remember those who worked for our civil rights and the true heroes of our country.  Starting at a young age, our children need to be taught the truth in history, as Dr. Ken Sider, of the Oneonta City School District, has done in his Indigenous People Project, and as the Morris Central School has done with its project on the Holocaust.
“Truth and justice can only make us freer.”


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