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Letter: Pamela Hairston-Chisholm
Others suppressed votes
Friday, October 5, 2012
Once again, I’m writing to respond to a letter on your Opinion Page. Steve Eanes, local businessman, comments about how voter identification is needed to keep those without proper ID out of the voting booth. He also mentions that people know the closest thing to voter suppression is the Black Panthers and related thugs.
First of all, did Eanes just happen to forget to mention the biggest and greatest suppressors of voting rights in the South, the Ku Klux Klan, the KKK? Back in the day, they just had to don their white hats and robes and black folks feared for their lives and were kept from the polls.
Second, the Black Panthers were more than thugs. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia of the Internet, in January 1969, the Free Breakfast for School Children Program was initiated at St. Augustine’s Church in Oakland by the Black Panther Party. The Panthers would cook and serve food to the poor inner city youth of the area. Initially operated out of a St. Augustine’s Church in Oakland, the program became so popular that by the end of the year, the Panthers set up kitchens in cities across the nation, feeding over 10,000 children every day before they went to school, unlike the Klan, which killed little children. (The Alabama church bombings where four little black girls were killed while attending Sunday school.)
Third, I’m getting tired of the word “thug” often used by white Americans when they can’t seem to think of any other word to describe black Americans. I could look upon our founding fathers as thugs. After all, some of them dealt in human bondage. But that’s just my opinion.
Let me know my history before you ask me to get over it. Peace.