Here’s my letter to the editor. Have you written yours?
As someone who has spent years researching, reading and writing about the history of African Americans in this country, I am just “sick and tired of being sick and tired” (thank you Fanny Lou Hamer) of seeing the space given to Glenn Beck and his racist dialogue. What he is doing is bad for democracy regardless of any one’s political party or believes.
Beck is stoking racial fear and paranoia and in doing so, attempt to divide this country. His hateful rhetoric plays on fear and is frequently not based on facts.
Why he is given this free space through constant media efforts, I’ll never understand why. But what he has to say is not news and does not deserve the attention it is given. When people carry guns to public meetings, it shows what kind of an atmosphere he creates.
In my town of Mount Pleasant,Iowa a mayor was once shot and killed by an angry person who brought a gun to a public meeting. We do not need any repeats of what took place in our town.
More than 60 major companies don’t want to be associated with him, showing that he is far outside of the mainstream.
Distorted facts presented in a contemptuous rhetoric is not helping this country. I ask that people who opposed government officials use their intelligence and decency in giving their side. We owe this to our communities and to our children.
Now if you do not know the story of Fanny Lou Hamer, the black lady from the Mississippi Delta who was “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” you have some catching up to do with civil rights history.
It’s worth a trip to the library or some time spent at the bookstore. Here’s a hint: she was known for her rendition of “This Little Light of Mine.” And for being a poor sharecrop farmer from the Delta, she sure put the fear of God in Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey.
Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641