Letters to the Editor

He is ‘Cunning and Callous’


September 5, 2019

To the Editor:

The American author Toni Morrison died in August at the age of 88. She wrote about the legacy of slavery and the brutality of Jim Crow in the South. Her comments about Donald Trump, written just after the 2016 election, have proved to be accurate. He has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a callous and cunning confidence man. She wrote in The New Yorker on Nov. 21, 2016: “So scary are the consequences of a collapse of white privilege that many Americans have flocked to a political platform that supports and translates violence against the defenseless as strength. These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble.

“On Election Day, how eagerly so many white voters – both the poorly educated and the well educated – embraced the shame and fear sowed by Donald Trump, The candidate whose company has been sued by the Justice Department for not renting apartments to black people. The candidate who questioned whether Barack Obama was born in the United States, and who seemed to condone the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester at a campaign rally. The candidate who kept black workers off the floors of his casinos. The candidate who is beloved by David Duke and endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.”

Larry Skvir

Delray, N.J.


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