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Trump shows his true colors

The tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, is yet another example of our nation's increasing acceptance of racism. White nationalists, Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen were protesting the proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee and attacked a group of counter-protesters.

James Fields, 20, of Ohio, rammed his car into a crowd, killing one and injuring 19 others. Two state troopers patrolling the riot in a helicopter died when their chopper crashed.

Lee, a devout Christian, was, incongruently, a slave owner and fought for the cause of slavery in the Civil War. Despite the fact that he was a brilliant general and an ancestor of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, I can see how a black citizen would not want to see Lee's image or the stars and bars in a public park.

Reacting to the violence, Trump said he will not tolerate hatred and bigotry, but just about his entire campaign and agenda since taking office has been about hatred and bigotry. The travel ban, immigration policy, rejection of affirmative action, and the disinclination to see that police shootings of unarmed and innocent black people is a problem are obvious examples of racially motivated actions.

So is the war against the Affordable Care Act, the Iran nuclear disarmament agreement, and the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. Those are the crowning achievements of our first black president and all semblance of those must be erased. I suppose infrastructure improvement and the military build-up are not racially tinged, but that's about it.

Presidential adviser Steve Bannon is an avowed white supremacist. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is just good ole southern redneck "keepin' the n—–s down," as Randy Newman sang.

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Thirty-eight of the 40 death sentences Sessions achieved as state's attorney in Alabama were delivered to blacks. He filed a lawsuit against a voters rights group that was rejected by the jury after three minutes of deliberation. Sessions referred to an assistant attorney general as "boy."

Sessions is quoted as saying, "I used to think those KKK boys were OK 'til I heard they smoked pot." All those lynchings and church-burnings were OK, but just don't toke on that joint. At a time when black trust in law enforcement is at an all-time low, Sessions is the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the land.

Trump, himself, delivered a speech to some neo-Nazi organization in 1999 that was incredibly racist. The primary message was the white man is stupid for letting the black man get all uppity. Trump and his father were fined by the Department of Justice for prejudicial rental practices. After his election, Trump thanked black voters for not showing up at the polls.

I am the most open-minded guy in the world. My best friend is an evangelical Christian and a solid Trumpster, but there is no place in this country for people who hate their brother because of the color of his skin.

"If you want money for people with minds that hate / Then all I can tell you is brother you have to wait." — John Lennon

Fred Malo Jr.

Carbondale

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