To the Editor:
RE. “GOP Convention: Four Days of Unreality Television” by Randy Shaw (BeyondChron, August 27‚ 2012): Mitt Romney, speaking in Michigan on August 24, said of President Barack Obama, “No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”
Romney also boasted that he went to Cranbrook Academy in Michigan.
Romney sure sounds like Donald Trump when he talks about President Obama’s ancestry and birthplace. Even though Hurricane Issac heading for Tampa has ostensibly caused Trump and the Republican National Committee to cancel Trump’s appearance and speech at the Republican convention this week, The Washington Post reports that Romney and Trump speak by phone regularly, including the week before Romney’s remarks in Michigan.
In his speech, Romney failed to mention that when he was at Cranbrook, he led a group of students in bullying a classmate by holding him down on the floor and snipping off his long locks, according to several classmates. One of his classmates described it as, “It was an assault. It was like a pack of dogs.”
Combined with Romney’s recent speech when he said to President Obama, “Pack up your bags and get back to Chicago,” his joining Trump in the “birther” movement against the President shows his true view on where Americans of color belong in our country.
The American people will not fall for this candidate’s glaring racism. Romney’s racist words are despicable, and have no place in the United States in 2012.
This racism reminds us of George Wallace’s venomous speech as he stood on the front steps of the University of Alabama to prevent the entry of several African Americans to the school. Wallace said, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.”
Romney’s father, Governor George Romney of Michigan, was well respected by the people of Michigan, and an honorable man. I had a chance to meet him at Michigan’s State Capitol. George Romney would be horrified to hear his son’s racist words.
Just when you thought you’ve seen all forms of racist behaviors already, Mitt Romney’s words give racism a new twist and beats them all. (Lest anyone considers himself or herself a “progressive” or “liberal” and feels smug about not being a racist, oftentimes the racism simply lurks beneath the surface and the person is in denial.)
President Barack Hussein Obama is a true statesman and leader of our great country. The President and the American people will not be bullied nor held down. President Obama’s place is not in the Windy City, his place is in the White House.
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