Racism breeds self

The Times-Tribune - - EDITORIAL -

Editor: In the sum­mer of 1864, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s great­est fear was that the Con­fed­er­acy’s only hope for sur­vival was a di­vided and tired north that would cause Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln to lose the elec­tion.

Iron­i­cally, Pres­i­dent Trump’s great­est hope for re­elec­tion is a di­vided coun­try, a task he is only too will­ing to ac­com­mo­date. I won­der that Trump, with his love of the Con­fed­er­ate flag and mon­u­ments to traitors, is more of a con­fed­er­ate than a union­ist, a south­ern sym­pa­thizer rather than a uni­fier, a per­son will­ing to win at any cost, even if it racially tears his coun­try apart.

Dur­ing this cru­cial In­dian Sum­mer, our 1864, we must ad­mit an un­com­fort­able truth: We have a racist pres­i­dent. We can’t af­ford to have him win this elec­tion be­cause, to re­ward racism is to get more racism.

BOB RUS­SELL

SCRAN­TON

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