Reparations and Red Herrings
With his April 12 op-ed, “Contrition for America’s Curse,” Jonathan Capehart joined a long list of pundits who try to discredit the idea of reparations for slavery by evoking a scenario in which the most awkward and complex form of reparations is somehow foisted on our nation.
He mentioned the red herrings of
Grand Entrance in Bethesda
As Americans, we need to provide the best hospitals for our troops, their families and the medical staffers who support them. With this in mind, the Pentagon decided to close Walter Reed Army Medical Center and treat patients at an expanded National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, which abuts three roads: two surface streets and the Beltway.
Only the surface streets offer access to the medical center, which is why, as the headline on an April 13 story said, “Plans to Expand Military Facility in Bethesda Stir Traffic Worries.”
Here’s a simple solution: Build a dedicated entrance to Bethesda Naval from the Beltway. Make the overpass stunning and patriotic, like so many other local monuments to our service members. Provide quick and easy access to family members arriving from far away. And give Beltway drivers a monumental reminder of those who are injured in service to our country. KIRT SUOMELA
Bethesda Lexuses, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama, even though he clearly is aware that real-life disparities in jobs, health and incarceration persist for the “rank and file” descendants of slaves. Under any realistic scenario, all of us (especially ordinary, levelheaded African Americans) would have some say about the form reparations would take.
Of course, many Americans once had apocalyptic fears about the abolition of slavery and the end of segregation. As happened with those other
No E-Mail ‘Mystery’
The April 14 editorial “White House E-Mail Mystery” said that White House employees received “sloppy guidance” regarding when to use email accounts provided by the White House and accounts provided by the Republican National Committee.
Sloppy guidance? If an employee cannot read and comprehend an employee handbook, maybe that person should not be working in the White House. The editorial seemed to imply that allegedly intelligent people could be acutely aware of the Hatch Act but fail to recognize security issues and what the Presidential Records Act requires.
It was not “sloppy guidance.” It was Republican priorities — party before country. CHERYL DOUGLASS
Burlington, Mass. once-unimaginable steps forward, reparations will come from a political process led by African Americans but involving all Americans.
Our history does not suggest that African Americans, who gave us the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass, will be capricious and foolish. More likely, in their search for justice they will once again blaze a trail to greater freedom for us all. LARRY YATES Maurertown, Va.