Columnists highlight how racism survives today

Some old, bad habits die hard

I found it quite apropos that Rich Elfers’ column on Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Julie Reece-DeMarco’s column ran on the same day. One was right on point with the explanation of Critical Race Theory and the other was pointing out the several reasons why we still need it to be taught, especially in our community.

As our little community becomes more and more diverse it seems the old habits for some die hard. Referring to people with the n-word in this day and age is still, I’m afraid, much more common than we would like to admit. Unfortunately there seems to be a significant minority in this country who still believe the South should have won that war and make no bones about telling people about it in very crude and hurtful ways.

I’m reminded of a quote from a TV series that I particularly like: “People that do things out of hate weren’t born that way. Somebody taught them that. We need to teach them better.” You’ve got to wonder why some people need to try to make others less than. It seems they have such a low opinion of themselves that they have to bring others down so they can feel better about themselves. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it sure makes sense to me, just sayin’.

Larry Benson