Letter: Racism is still apparent in society 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:19AM
Racism is still apparent in society 

To the editor:

It is sad that our society seems to have made so little progress addressing racism over the past few years. As a child, my naivete was on full display because I assumed other kids were taught what I was taught — and racism wouldn't exist by the time I reached adulthood. Of course I thought people would stop littering and pollute less, too. It is an explosive topic, but I'll just make two points.

First, the unfortunate incident that occurred at CVS in Peterborough a few weeks ago reminds me that racism neither needs to be overt nor mean-spirited to occur. I'm sure the store employees and police weren't trying to act racist whatsoever. Nonetheless, the impact upon both gentlemen was very real - and painful. It’s a reminder that we all need to be vigilant about the tendency to treat people that don't look like ourselves differently.

Second, the notion that removing confederate statues washes away our history is utter nonsense. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate leaders committed treason that resulted in the deaths of more than 600,000 Americans. They can be remembered, but they should not be honored. To see how we can preserve our history without putting traitors on pedestals, we can look no farther than Ft. Ticonderoga, New York. This decisive battle of the Revolutionary War was won by Major General Benedict Arnold. But you won't find a statue that names him because he famously became a traitor afterward. Our history isn't lost -- and we can learn about him by visiting a library, bookstore or going online. We chose not to put him on a pedestal.

Perhaps we should consider treating Civil War monuments the same way.

Dan Krason