Alvin Sallee responded to letters and online comments about his May 17 column, “More time to wonder about things.”

Critical statements regarding my column make my case better than I can.

Please note the quotation marks — these are not my words.

My words rebut the myths.

“Racism is kept alive by black men. They use it as a political tool.” Evidence please.

“You recite facts, but liberals hate facts and fear the truth.” We find logic helps, too.

“Racial segregation of the military had been imposed by President Wilson.” Wrong. Gen. George Washington (1776) formed all-black units. African-Americans have bravely fought in every U.S. war.

“President Barack Obama’s administration has quietly suggested it is willing to create a two-tier race-based legal system in Hawaii.” Clearly, the birth certificate was not enough.

“Senator Elizabeth Warren is a faux ‘Native American.’” In Fox talk, that means fake. Even her father’s family discriminated against her mother’s heritage.

“The disastrous breakdown of the black family (is) largely caused by Democratic policies.” Black families are strong.

Conservatives cutting programs, such as education, health and justice impacts all non 1-percent families.   

“White Guilt Boulevard.”

It is not about guilt, it is about taking responsibility.

Man up and let’s make this country even greater, through fairness to all.

Alvin Sallee

Galveston

(4) comments

Carlos Ponce

Alvin , you're going to compare my comments on a 20th century President to an 18th century President and General? At the time of General and President George Washington slavery was allowed in the entire country, not just the South. Following the Civil War, African Americans were making strides and integrating into American society in various aspects of life. Woodrow Wilson put a grinding HALT to that progress. You are right in stating " Gen. George Washington (1776) formed all-black units. African-Americans have bravely fought in every U.S. war." But they were all segregated units. Wilson Turned back the progress. How was I wrong? Wilson firmly believed in "Separate but equal" and my post clearly pointed that out.

Leonce Thierry

No one person will ever have the last word on discussions of race. I still marvel at the profound brilliance of James Baldwin in terms of how he frames any and all discussion related to race relations in the United States. Colonialism, capitalism, slavery, Jim Crow, desegregation, integration, Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X, and now the era of Obama all lend themselves to discussions on race.

Gary Miller

Racism is a natural human emotion that most humans have learned to live with without conflict. We notice the difference between us and you.
Political racism, as practiced by progressives, is not natural and used only for political advantage.
Political racism will be eliminated when progressives are eliminated.
Someone will Donkey talk that Conservatives are racists because they don't like Black racists. Only a third of Democrats are black and most are not racists. Conservatives dislike racist white Democrats the same as racist black Democrats.

George Croix

You were doing OK until you trotted out the shop-worn shot at Fox. How did that advance your rebuttal narrative? Is ONE cable news organization not 100% dedicated to liberals just too much to bear.
Heck, I even watch MSNBC, and am still waiting on the first conservative to show up and be allowed an opinion...

There are at least 3 types of segregation:
Forced
Voluntary
Incidental
It's not a one size fits all word

How does 70% + illigitimate births relate to 'strong families', or anything except a case for some serious soul searching? I think the original commenter was being general, not specific. Was he/she not?

“President Barack Obama’s administration has quietly suggested it is willing to create a two-tier race-based legal system in Hawaii.” Clearly, the birth certificate was not enough."
No, it's not a 'birther' issue. Clearly, it needed to be clearer than simply clear.
It's an actual suggestion by the President's Administration to go along with exactly what that says. Separate laws with separate penalties for native Hawaiians.
I have no idea what a copy of the Presidents birth certificate has to do with him associating himself with a separate and unequal modification to law in Hawaii. Do you? It's not law yet. Why would it even be suggested, even if never enacted? Character is defined by what you do when nobody is watching.
Imagine if a President was willing to support separate laws and penalties to benefit native Texans over all others in the state...

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