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

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

John A. Knapp


Recently, the Oneonta Daily Star published the following letter to the editor, that was submitted by John A. Knapp of Guilford.
“I was very interested in the commentary and subsequent articles concerning Columbus Day.  There was a suggestion that this holiday might be eliminated from our yearly celebrations.  Perhaps we should also scratch July 4th, since four large groups of Americans had no reason to proclaim their “Independence!”
“No. 1. Native Americans — They were harried, hunted, shot, scalped and driven from their land.  They were placed on reservations on some of the most foreboding land in existence.  I don’t believe that they were celebrating their independence!
“No. 2. African Americans — This group remained in slavery almost 90 years after 1776.  Even then, they were still facing bigotry and segregation. Their independence was also denied!
“No. 3. Asian Americans — Immigration was wide-open for white settlers from Europe, but Asians were under a very limited quota system.  During WWII, some Asians were “rounded-up” and put into “Internment Camps.” They lost their homes, possessions and dignity.  I bet they didn’t feel very independent, either!
“No. 4. Women — They comprised half the population, but had few no political rights.  If they owned any personal and real property, it was transferred to their husbands should they decide to marry.  They could not cherish independence in America!
“I can understand why Columbus Day could be stricken from our holiday celebrations.  Maybe we should also delete Independence Day.  Perhaps other patriotic people might suggest additional cuts to our holidays.  What do you think?”
I’ll be posting what I THINK tomorrow, and perhaps for several days after that.

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