To the Editor:
In response to the letter “Regarding critical race theory” (Letters to the Editor, July 7), I noticed G. Moss made some assumptions and then proceeded to misstate historical facts based on what I would call shallow research from a glass house.
The founders did not have racist attitudes, with the possible exception of those from North and South Carolina and Georgia; and had shown adversity toward slavery before and during the period of the Articles of Confederation. Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush founded America’s first anti-slavery society and John Jay was president of a similar society in New York. Many of the founders released their slaves in the years following separation from Great Britain. The Northwest Ordinance was an anti-slavery policy. The misinterpreted 3/5 clause and compromise in fact declared the total of enslaved blacks in a state would be counted as a fraction of total white inhabitants for purposes of representation in Congress, not as less than human.
Jim Crow was created and propagated by a political party that currently holds the White House. In some states in the 18th century, free blacks and women were allowed to vote until that same party took those rights away.
Critical race theory wants me to believe that through the color of my skin I am oppressing someone darker than me, that is absurd. Character is the yardstick, not color; the Rev. (Martin Luther King) made that clear.
Our country is not perfect, but our founding principles are solid, and God willing, they will prevail.
Concentrating on color, grievance and victimhood is no way to move forward. We are Americans. All of our history is important.
The success of this nation as well as the failures. Ignorance can be educated. Willfully basing that education on divisive theory instead of well-balanced and accurate information creates the ignorance of which you speak.
Mark T. Ryan