Get back to melting pot

History, in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” had no connection to reality and was formed and framed by Big Brother. The July 11 political cartoon by Mike Luckovich published on page 3D showed a teacher reading to her class from a book titled “GOP Approved U.S. History.” The caption reads “The Slavery Chapter.” The teacher is quoted reading from the book, “After getting free passage to America, they immediately received jobs.”

George Orwell was a prophet.

Our local newspaper is telling its readers that the Grand Old Party thinks slavery was a jobs program. How many people did this cartoon have to go through before it made it into a publication purporting to perform journalism to inform readers on issues of the day? The cartoon implies that Republicans are racists and care nothing for Americans of African descent. Obviously, Mr. Luckovich, along with those that published this work, are fans of George Orwell’s “Newspeak.”

The Democrat party is the party of the Confederacy, the KKK, and Jim Crow. Republican Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, enforced the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. The Board of Education decision that desegregated schools. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed with 80% Republican approval. Southern Democrats led by Strom Thurmond, S.C., William Fulbright (Bill Clinton’s mentor), Ark., and Robert Byrd, W.Va., used the filibuster attempting to kill that bill. Without Republicans, there would have been no Civil Rights Act.

We don’t even need to go very far back in history to find racist comments by Joe Biden. In May 2020, Joe Biden told a radio host “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.” In February 2021, Joe Biden said, “A lot of people in the community — in the Hispanic and the African American community — particularly in rural areas that are distant and in the inner-city districts – don’t know how to get online to determine how to get in line for that COVID vaccination at the Walgreens…”

Therein lies the issue with evaluating a person based on the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. The former creates a stew, the latter creates a melting pot.

We are all more than our politics. We are human beings and free American citizens.

Can we please get back to that melting pot?

Sean Keefe



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