Personalized message I added to a PFAW petition:
I write in support of S. 51 / H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.
If you are committed to seeing this as an inside-the-beltway private-club partisan game, then I know my appeal will fall on deaf ears. But if you care about what’s right, what’s just, and what’s equitable? Then please read on.
D.C.’s population is greater than two states, and its 700,000 residents pay taxes and serve our nation while receiving no votes in Congress. 85% of DC’s plurality-Black residents voted to demand statehood.
I urge you to support the Washington, D.C. Admission Act to fulfill the promise of democracy, end taxation without representation, and correct a racial injustice.
Derek Chauvin’s Trial
The news is dominated these days by the testimony of witnesses in the trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with having murdered George Floyd. A recurring theme has been the anguished guilt felt by those who saw what was happening, who documented it, who might even have done something (they don’t really know what) to intervene and perhaps save his life.
Role of race #1.
Chauvin is White. Floyd was Black. But one of the earliest, most anguished witnesses was White. And please note, most of these witnesses are questioning themselves about what they didn’t do but might have. Compare that to the following.
Role of race #2?
I’ve seen the brief clip of video surveillance recording the store employee just shutting the door. Couldn’t tell his race. However, the man who attacked the woman was Black.
The history of Black antipathy toward Asians goes way back. I doubt this attack had anything to do with Covid-19, any more than a similar attack in New York last year—again by a young Black man on an elderly Asian woman—had anything to do with it. Racism is an evil disease that corrupts the spirit among all races.