Re “Charlottesville happened because we lie to ourselves” (Leonard Pitts Jr., Aug. 14): No adult should be under the illusion that racism is a thing of the past. It appalls me that Nazism is alive. My father, my uncles and my father-in-law fought the Nazis. I never thought I would see the day when Americans would be waving that horrendous flag with the swastika. But the day has come. I promised myself that if Nazis began to make moves like they did in Germany years ago I would speak out. This letter may not be much of a protest, but is what I can offer. I thank The Sacramento Bee editorial board for dealing with the Charlottesville demonstrations.
Eugene P. Haydu, Shingle Springs
Freedom of speech does not mean we have no standards or limits on treasonous, dangerous language. The Constitution does not protect a right to promote a fascist, racist, anti-Semitic war against the majority of Americans. Cities would not give street gangs a license to rally for their violent ends. What is the difference between the fascist gangs and criminalized gangs? Individuals gathered in Charlottesville want to “take our country back,” according to KKK leadership. They would subjugate everyone who does not look like or believe as them. These people are at war against our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We should end tolerance of hateful racists-fascists.
Rose King, Sacramento
You manage to include many negative views of President Donald Trump. This is not news. It’s business as usual for The Bee, CNN and MSNBC. Regardless of the president’s comments, Democratic legions find fault. This is tiresome and destructive to the unity of America.
Robert Reark, Granite Bay
In the news, we see neo-Nazis, KKK and white supremacists. They are indeed deplorables.
A.D. Dopsonn, Elk Grove
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