Incivility to those in power justified reaction to injustice


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Walters Williams’ recent column on incivility was amazing in that it was so off the mark. He confuses hate speech with free speech.

Much like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” the actions of those that do not reflect our opinions are subject to scrutiny. Yes, emotions are running high and people are expressing their frustrations to those in power. They are reacting to the actions of a demagogue president and a Congress that rubber-stamps the actions and executive orders of their leader.

It was not the universities that were leading the tiki torch parade in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was not the universities that called Latinos “rapists and murderers." It was not the universities that ripped small children from the arms of their parents who entered this country for work and to provide for their families. It was not the universities who appointed agency heads to dismantle the very agencies that protect American citizens and the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Yes, we are expressing an anger within us against the selling of America to corporate interests. The people of America are speaking out against what they see as injustice. The universities are not responsible for this reaction; it is the innate goodness in human beings reacting to the vile rhetoric and deeds of people in power.

Cordy Lavery

Elizabeth City