Thank you, Peter Berger, for the brief history lesson on racism in America in a recent edition of The Times Argus. Yes, you are right, we are still living with the stain of the enslavement of humans and the treatment of Black women as breeder commodities. It is a disgusting and horrific history and I am so distressed that, instead of facing our tragic past and moving forward to a better world for everyone, one half of the country is screaming backwards to a time that was as poisonous to themselves as to everyone else.

The timing of your article was striking for me personally as I had just finished reading Danielle McGuire's "At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to Black Power." A very important book in the effort to unpeel the veil on our hidden racist history, I recommend it highly if you haven't already read it.

Thank you for adding your voice at this time. We must all raise our voices, silence condemns us all to repeat our history.

August Burns


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