Letter to the editor: Definition of real racism 


It’s interesting to think about the words being tossed around in our society today. In a recent article, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal “backwalked” her statement that Israel is a “racist” state after backlash from her fellow representatives. Aren’t we all “racists” to some degree, according to the definition of racism?   

“A person who is prejudiced against or antagonistic toward people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.”

After living in a foreign country for close to four years, it’s evident they have their own ideologies regarding their culture. As American children born and raised in this country, we have the natural learning of our own. 

I suspect we each are racist to some degree on many subjects. Yet, what is breaking our solid basic standards within this country to a tangled up mess? Is it the millions of foreigners that have infiltrated our country with their own ideology of what is right or wrong and think their interpretation is better? Or is it those in Congress wanting complete control to their own agenda and standards? History indicates our country started mainly for religious freedom. It might be a question all of us should be thinking about in regards to the takeover by our present leaders. 

An old saying that was taught to most children as they were growing up was, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  

Does this ring a bell in the most senior population in our country? I hope so for younger and older adults, too. It’s time we quit acting like children. Listen to what others are saying and determine if the words used are darts being thrown at you and I — and determine if they hit the mark, then ask yourself, “do I deserve them?” If so, find truth and peace in discussion from both sides and walk away as in peace. 

It’s time for us as Americans to quit being childish and act like adults, caring for one another and those who need encouragement and help and standing against turning our society upside down by taking away the founding rights of the American people, plus protecting children who are still learning and  vulnerable.  

I hope each of us reach out and find the factual truth that once made America the best God-fearing country on planet earth before it’s too late. 

I will (as my right) say to you in closing, may God surround you with His grace, love and truth as you travel the remainder of your years on planet earth. God be with you. 


Elizabeth Hicker