Letter to the Editor

Racial identity

Morro BaySeptember 4, 2013 

Kathleen Parker’s Aug. 26 column misses the point. She condemns the president for saying “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon (Martin).” His saying that, she claims, gave permission for all to identify themselves only by the color of their skin. She unbelievably asked, “Did the president’s identification with Martin nourish the killing passions of (the youths who killed Christopher Lane)?”

According to Parker, Obama should not “identify himself as a black man.” Why should Obama or any other African-American deny his/her blackness? Should American-Indians, Hispanics, Asians, also deny their skin color? As I listened to the speeches during the March on Washington, the messages promoted the desire for equality, regardless of ethnicity. We don’t live in a colorless society, but one in which black men and boys are racially profiled, black voting rights are being eviscerated and bias exits in the criminal justice system, housing and job markets. Ms. Parker, our president’s acknowledgement of his blackness does not make him “Victim-in-Chief.”

Cory Booker said, “Marches are not meant to solve the problem, but to show the problem.” First, the problem must be acknowledged accurately.

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