Systemic nature of racism disputed

I am amazed a certain letter to the editor writer can read a few books, talk with friends and completely discount the life experiences of a veteran and law-enforcement officer. (Could this be racism since the subject is a Black man?) But since this person is so astute about such things maybe she can help me understand this paradox: If our country is systemically racist, how in the world was Barack Obama, a Black man, elected president, not once, but twice?

Is this clear evidence of voting irregularities, by which he attained the highest office in the land in the most powerful country in the world, or did our citizens, without bias or prejudice against skin color, fairly and freely place him in that office? If the election was fair, how did he win in a systemically racist country? Explain, please.

Let’s bring it closer to home. When I attended Daniel Cameron’s inauguration and swearing-in ceremony, I happened to notice that there were lots of white people present. As a matter of fact, he won many counties in Kentucky where there were no Black Republicans registered to vote. If Kentucky were systemically racist, Attorney General Cameron never would have been elected.

I have done some reading myself. Bob Woodson, Walter Williams, Star Parker, Candace Owens, Brandon Tatum and Herschel Walker agree with Harry Braxton Jr. They all have been law-abiding citizens and have worked hard to earn a right to be heard with respect and dignity.

I suggest that to accuse Mr. Braxton of living under a rock merits an apology and some deep introspection.

There is actually a much bigger issue that gets overlooked in all of this. There is a tremendous push to get us all divided and angry with each other. Are we going to play into their hands? I wonder who is behind it and why. And where will it take us?

Melanie VanTassel


Call for Fairness Ordinance in E’town

Today in Elizabethtown, anyone suspected of being gay or transgender or anyone identifying with the LGBTQ+ community can be denied housing, withheld access to public accommodations or legally fired from their jobs. This is true in all but 21 towns and cities across Kentucky. Here in Elizabethtown, there is nothing to keep these restrictions and discriminations from happening.

I call on the city council and Mayor Jeff Gregory to begin the process of starting a Fairness Ordinance within our community. 83 percent of Kentuckians believe gay and transgender people should be protected from discrimination in the workplace, schools, housing and public accommodations. This ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on someone’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. In Kentucky, 100 percent of the Fortune 500 companies to include Humana, Kindred Healthcare and Yum Brands all offer discrimination protection.

I see no reason why our town of Elizabethtown and its local government cannot do the same for the people in this community who desperately need it.

I would like to rally those who want to make a difference in this community by demanding we create and implement a Fairness Ordinance in Elizabethtown sooner rather than later.

April Nutt


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To answer Melanie's question, 'who is behind it and why?' -- it's the ruling rich. The link below provides a very interesting longer answer.

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