Good old days have to end

To the editor:

In response: Ready for change? (Feb. 6)

Thank you for, again, another passionate opinion. I find it interesting that you expect all cultures to conform to “naturally assimilate into the culture of that area” because “‘we are’ ready for that kind of change.” The only change you are prepared for is for things to stay the same. I assure you that your culture and your fragility are protected, and it won’t be threatened by another race moving into the area. I also find it interesting that you chose to blame disparities solely on their choices determining “where on the economic spectrum a black person ends up;” for black people to look in the mirror. Aren’t we all Americans? It seems as though you’re very concerned that Americans should remain divided. Shame. Please take time to explore these articles I have provided that back the testimonies of racial disparities. Let’s compare our thoughts and discuss them; this could be a learning opportunity for both of us.

Beech, B. M., Ford, C., Thorpe, R. J., Jr, Bruce, M. A., & Norris, K. C. (2021). Poverty, Racism, and the Public Health Crisis in America. Frontiers in public health, 9, 699049. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.699049

The Federal Reserve: https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/notes/feds-notes/wealth-inequality-and-the-racial-wealth-gap-20211022.html

The US Department of the Treasury. https://home.treasury.gov/news/featured-stories/racial-inequality-in-the-united-states

Do you believe that when laws were created, black people were considered? In your lifetime, segregation was a common and natural way of life. Unfortunately, your good old days have to end. I want all children, white and black, and any other race to know this hatred doesn’t mean you should be ashamed of who you are or where you come from. Please know you’re accepted and loved; the loudest people in the room aren’t always right.

Tanisha Selbrade

New Ulm


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