Letter to the Editor: Beware of appeals for 'good old days'


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It seems that there is a sector of vocal older white folks who are always looking to the past and bemoaning some lost privileges.

Of course it would never be couched in such terms. Instead the euphemism used is "loss of freedoms" or "lack of justice" — but only for them, of course. They hanker for to the "good old days" when people of color and poor people were "put in their places.”

Under the guise of religious freedom, they want to force their beliefs on everyone. In actuality, majority of the world's population are not only of one faith. True freedom of religion allows people to follow their faith and spirituality publicly or privately without fear of reprisals or ridicule.

The same folks cannot acknowledge their prejudices. The public image projected is an outraged and injured party by the new wave of activism by students, women, people of color and environmentalists. Deep down, they want to condemn the rest of society to continued poverty, exploitation, unequal wages, violence and terror and environmental deterioration, as long as the old ways where they sit at the top is preserved. They are afraid of change, especially for the better for the majority.

How can anyone not feel the pain of the young adults and students who are growing up in an environment of constant violence that it has become a way of life? Then some event like Columbine, Sandy Hook or Parkland jolt us out of our benumbed way of life and galvanize young adults to take action. We should be applauding and encouraging and supporting them in any way we can. This is not the time to throw in some bogus argument about taking away someone's right to bear arms.

An unspoken violence is in our neighborhoods and communities of color, where shootings of young people are common occurrences, and the cumulative numbers are higher. They also deserve our attention and support.

It is sad and tragic when folks continue to hold on to the soul-sucking ideology of white supremacy and give in to racist superiority and intolerance. There is no defense to this kind of thinking and that may be why it always comes out as defending "rights and freedoms." This type of thinking is dangerous. It makes one succumb to a "rule of law" enforced by violence, terror and arms, paving the way for fascism, USA-style.

Dr. Kim E. Koo

Rocky Mount