Trump would move Rosa Parks

Penticton Herald - - LETTERS -

Dear Editor: Prince Ge­orge Cit­i­zen Man­ag­ing Editor Neil God­bout was right on tar­get with his col­umn head­lined “Trump’s not a true pa­triot” (Her­ald, Oct. 2).

Trump-kin-Bump-kin are my words for that Dope-kin. And this comes from a for­mer Amer­i­can who still loves his birth coun­try, where I served in the peace­time army, but who moved to Canada with his late wife and sub­se­quently be­came a cit­i­zen of our beloved coun­try.

As God­bout boldly wrote, it was “just more bul­ly­ing pol­i­tics from the Oval Of­fice” when “dic­ta­tor Don­ald” ver­bally bashed “black foot­ball play­ers (for) tak­ing a knee (on the ground) dur­ing the national an­them at a National Foot­ball League game.”

God­bout was right bash­ing Donny boy “dic­ta­tor” for “bul­ly­ing pol­i­tics from the Oval Of­fice.”

Cer­tainly, those play­ers would have been ap­plauded by Dr. Martin Luther King, the famed Amer­i­can civil rights ac­tivist and No­bel Peace Prize win­ner whose ac­tions brought full U.S. civil rights into law for black Amer­i­cans, and by Rosa Parks, the black seam­stress and King con­tem­po­rary, who along with King helped ini­ti­ate the civil rights move­ment by prompt­ing lead­ers of the lo­cal black com­mu­nity to or­ga­nize a bus boy­cott that be­gan the day Parks was con­victed of vi­o­lat­ing seg­re­ga­tion laws for re­fus­ing to sur­ren­der her seat to a white pas­sen­ger on a Mont­gomery, Alabama, bus in 1955.

(I feel so priv­i­leged to have in­ter­viewed both King and Parks on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions while news­pa­per re­port­ing in Ohio in the 1960s)

Led by a young Dr. King, that boy­cott lasted more than a year dur­ing which Parks not coin­ci­den­tally lost her job and ended only when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bus seg­re­ga­tion was un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Over the next half cen­tury, Parks be­came a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized sym­bol of dig­nity and strength in the strug­gle to end en­trenched racial seg­re­ga­tion.

Betcha Donny Boy would have bashed Parks back then for her bus-seated ac­tion, just as he so dumbly did the knees-to-the­ground NFL play­ers.

And betcha dopey Donny boy would have lashed King for join­ing Parks in the bus boy­cott. Re­mem­ber, too, that civil rights-champ King and his sup­port­ive troops marched on The White House in the 1960s to ul­ti­mately win a national civil rights law.

I can just pic­ture Donny Boy declar­ing “how dare King and his gang march on the White House!” Also, him at­tack­ing Parks for de­fi­antly ig­nor­ing the law by re­fus­ing her bus seat to a white “gen­tle­man” an ac­tion those an­them-kneel­ing NFL play­ers would have cheered.

Trump could most gen­er­ously use his time trump-et­ing for strin­gent gun con­trol or, bet­ter yet, ban­ning the man­u­fac­ture of guns, par­tic­u­larly now after the Oct. 1, Sun­day night Las Ve­gas gun at­tack that killed 59 and wounded hun­dreds of oth­ers in the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in U.S. his­tory. The gun­man was 64-year-old Stephen Pad­dock who took his own life im­me­di­ately after rain­ing bul­lets on the crowd at a coun­try mu­sic festival from his 32nd-floor ho­tel suite.

He was de­scribed as a reclu­sive high-stakes gam­bler, whose room was stock­piled with 23 guns. He was de­scribed as “a denizen of high­stakes casi­nos.” So whad­daya say Donny boy? Wally Den­ni­son


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