Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kelly's Column about Race Is Deeply Dishonest

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kelly's Column about Race Is Deeply Dishonest

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Jack Kelly's hate screed "Remnants of Slavery" (Sept. 13 column) is simply vile. It begins with rambling nonsense that I nearly abandoned reading. However, the crux of the piece, where Mr. Kelly both congratulates white people for ending slavery and then absolves them, is patently false.

It further insults individuals descended from an ancestry of Africans enslaved and brought to this land, by implying that all current challenges that exist for black individuals stem from their own shortcomings - as if the end of slavery was the beginning of true justice for those freed individuals. How convenient to ignore the immediate backlash and the de jure segregation, discrimination and criminalization defining life for black people for the ensuing 150 years. How deeply dishonest and misleading.

The reference to black toward white "racism" reveals the writer's inability to effectively comprehend nuances of the English language. The dictionary definition does not describe the true meaning of a word imbued with our undeniable history and culture. …

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