Trump's actions reveal his racism

To the editor:

I am writing this letter as a rebuttal to Robert Hudson’s Aug. 7 letter to the editor regarding President Trump. Robert Hudson doesn’t believe that President Trump is a racist. I beg to disagree.

Donald Trump made headlines news in 1973 when the Trump Management Corporation was sued by the United States Department of Justice for violating the Fair Housing Act. Federal officials discovered evidence that the Trump business had refused to rent to black tenants and lied to black applicants regarding apartment vacancies.

In 1989, the “Central Park Five,” four black and one Latino teenager, were accused of attacking and raping a jogger in Central Park. I followed this case and always thought that the teenagers were innocent. During the trial, Trump took out an ad asking to bring back the death penalty. The teenagers were originally convicted, but the convictions were later vacated because of DNA evidence. Trump never apologized for being wrong and for demanding that the teens get death sentences.

Trump complained that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and that Obama wasn’t smart enough to have attended Columbia or Harvard. Trump constantly asked for President Obama’s birth certificate and college transcripts. I believe that race played an important part in Trump’s accusations.

When he was running for president, he constantly said derogatory things about many minorities. Since winning the election, Trump is still saying negative things about Mexicans, Muslims and other groups of people with darker skin tones.

I am a 63-year-old black woman who happens to be a liberal and an independent, and President Trump is taking our country back to the days before Civil Rights legislation had passed. He makes the type of comments that were made by politicians when I was a child. I don’t want to return to the Jim Crow days of my youth.

I believe that President Trump is racist because of what he says and does, not because of fake news.

AGNES POWERS

Danville

We’re ‘your people,’ too

To the editor:

Baltimore is part of the United States of America. Former first lady Michelle Obama showed support to the Baltimore dance group just to express that there is human life there that’s worth being mentioned.

Doesn’t President Trump realize that he is damning a state in the country that he is leader of? What does this say about his leadership and his lack of caring for the people (his people)? Maybe it isn’t racist, (yeah right) but what group of people is oppressed there?

Mr. President, these are your people. What are you doing to clean up the condition or do you even care? If he could, he would have us move out of the U.S. What does this say about your president? Vote!

RENEE JIGGETTS-TUCKER

Danville

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