Re “Racial politics haunt GOP in the Trump era” (Page 8A, Aug. 16): It was clear from the beginning that Donald Trump’s egomania and moral deficiencies would lead him down the darkest of paths. As surely as the approaching solar eclipse, the storm gathering over this administration and the GOP signals a reckoning. Republican leaders have been willing to turn a blind eye to regressive and anti-democratic impulses within their party. The result is Trump and resurgent hate groups. Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and other like-minded Republicans must quickly and unambiguously acknowledge this failed presidency, bond and resolve to take whatever measures appropriate to change course. A crisis looms.
Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento
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Let’s be clear about Confederacy. It was a traitorous attempt to destroy the nation to perpetuate an evil system based on viciously racist, supremacist ideology. Let’s not kid ourselves about why these statues were erected. It was to glorify the vile ideology of the Confederacy and its leaders and intimidate black people. It’s not about some mythologized struggle of oppressed people against a tyrannical state. Using the logic of Confederate apologists, Germany should be awash in memorials to Hitler and the Nazis. The Confederacy was no less evil than Nazism. Instead of honoring the Confederacy, we need a national education effort that unmasks the horrors of the Confederacy and evil of its leaders.
Michael Keesee, Sacramento
It is the essence of America’s uniqueness to defend people’s right to express those beliefs, no matter how repulsive. That is what makes our society so special, or used to. The media do a disservice when they fail to point out that the KKK people had a permit and were peacefully walking with their hateful signs when large groups with no permit arrived, and police did nothing to stop them. That’s the way things are done in police states. Every freedom-loving American should be worried about the direction this leading us.
Ida Defield, Carmichael,
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