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Letter: Responding to Robin Reid’s rant

In this June 1, 2018, file photo, children hold signs during a demonstration in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Miramar, Fla. The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has turned into a full-blown crisis in recent weeks, drawing denunciation from the United Nations, Roman Catholic bishops and countless humanitarian groups. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
In this June 1, 2018, file photo, children hold signs during a demonstration in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Miramar, Fla. The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has turned into a full-blown crisis in recent weeks, drawing denunciation from the United Nations, Roman Catholic bishops and countless humanitarian groups. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) - Associated Press

I read Robin Reid’s letter to the editor “In answer to the columnist’s question” in the July 5th edition of The Telegram and went directly to the paper’s own guidelines to letter writers to see if there was any guidance on propaganda for surely nearly everything contained in Reid’s letter could have been by the U.S. president, its propagandist-in-chief and some say it’s kidnapper-in-chief.

What else, I would ask, do you call someone who snatches children, some who are barely weened, from their mother’s arms? Robin, by the way, does not mention the thousands of children that have been stolen away from their parents for I believe that would ruin his own somewhat less than humane argument.

The propaganda however I’ve heard, like you, dozens of times from Republicans and mainstream media siding with Donald Trump. What I have not heard is Reid’s assertion that social justice warriors are a joke.

Perhaps Reid has never heard of Grandma Moses (Harriet Tubman), she who led hundreds of fellow slaves to freedom in the north and on into Canada, yes Canada.

Then there’s Nelson Mandela who played a major part in ridding South Africa of apartheid.

 And what of Martin Luther King who helped end segregation in the United States or Mother Theresa but for whose presence thousands upon thousands of India’s citizens would not be alive today?

Then of course there’s the social justice warrior writ large — Jesus Christ himself — who suggested more than once that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us with never the mention of the word borders.

Wayne Norman

St. John’s

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