I was moved to respond to the letter to the editor (Protesters wrong to harass diners, Oct. 3) complaining about the protesters harassing people last Friday night in downtown Frederick. The writer asked: “What are we going to do about this?”

I have an answer. All we need to do is look to the past.

There were complaints in the early 1900’s when women marched and demonstrated for voting rights. Those protests do not exist anymore. Why? Because women were given the right to vote.

In the 1960’s people complained about the anti-Vietnam demonstrators and their actions. But those demonstrations stopped. Why? Because we ended the war.

Now, the letter asks, what are we going to do to stop the current demonstrations? The answer: End racism.

When we solve the problems that people are asking us to solve, the protests and demonstrations disappear.

It is not that the protesters need to stop protesting, but rather, it is that the rest of us have to solve the problem. That is where the hard work comes in. We all need to take action, not just talk, to end our institutional racism. So I agree with the letter writer’s question, and I challenge each one of us — What are we going to do about this?

Bill Cranmer

Frederick

(41) comments

jerseygrl42

Hey Billl, how about sharing 1 example of your so-called institutional racism that exists today?? You can't because there is none . Burning , looting and killing solve NOTHING and you should know better....but unfortunately....you don't

phydeaux994

The inner Cities of every State in the Union are the result of Institutional Racism. No education or job training, no opportunity, substandard housing, limited medical care, racial profiling, and downright discrimination across the board. Do you disagree jersey? The greatest threat in America are Right Wing domestic terrorists that are fomenting the riots across the Nation. And what killing are you talking about?? If you can point to one specific instance of “ANTIFA” violent action please do. I can point to the Proud Boys, the Boogaloo Boyz, the Wolverines and other White Militias across the Country. I know better jersey, put up some examples of your assertions or stop lying, or both. Peace✌️We’ll be waiting for your reply. Thanks.

MRS M

Your reply to Jersey is accurate, inclusive and on target, phydeaux. BUT, it will not ever hit the intended target. Whether jersey, or Pence, or the Republican establishment, the blindness is a self-imposed rule to live by: "We take care of our own. Everyone else? are kicked out of the lifeboat, told to fend for themselves". The callousness is striking, and unbelievable. Inbred from granddaddy and meemaw on down. So glad you mentioned substandard educational opportunities first. The racist scourge of the South,.......... the true knee on minority's neck.

MRS M

The disgusting fly in the ointment here (eeeewwwww........or was it trapped in his hairspray?) preventing progress,creating divisons among our citizens and inciting violence, is that the current leadership of the United States does not believe, or is willing to admit to, institutional racism as an ugly fact of life in our nation. Nor do many of the "very fine" remaining Republican Trump supporters here. Sadly, America also can't rely on the devout evangelical supporters who we might assume would take leadership on the issue, assuming they might possess a strict moral code as outlined in the Bible.......the very pious, but essentially blind Pence included. So how do we as people of sincere conscience then act? Well, we're 22 days away from a good way to begin the transformation to a better, more inclusive, and less hatefull country, with leadership by Joe Biden and Kammala Harris. Two people committed to understanding, educating about, and acting upon the racism that has been the ugly unspoken secret of Republican's attraction to those living in the underbelly of America ...... forever. Twenty-two days.

kingsbasket

im so sick n tired of hearing about biden people pull your head out of your azz hes not for the working class im for trump all the way

phydeaux994

Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. He doesn’t give a rat’s butt about you or anybody else. What has he done for YOU since January 20, 2017 @ 12:01 p.m.? NOTHING!!

jerseygrl42

you are obviously a CNN watcher and they too are clueless

phydeaux994

I watch ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX Network Channels, MSNBC, Trump State TV Fox Propaganda Channel. I rarely watch CNN, I don’t care for Wolf Blitzer and I like the MSNBC Hosts better than those on CNN. For an unbiased view, I watch David Muir and Lester Holt. As far as clueless, you fit the description. You make many clueless comments and then RUN. You never come back with anything to support your views. So they are meaningless.

NewMarketParent

Ladies and gentlemen... I present to you, part of your basket of deplorables.

Thewheelone

Work on your English, Boris

MRS M

'basket, go enroll in Trump University. I hear there are scholarships available, courtesy of Donald's largesse.

NewMarketParent

Thank you letter-writer.

NewMarketParent

This is the battle we face and you can see from some of these comments what the challenge is. Some people would rather do anything other than give up the privilege of their color for equity. It ranges from ignore to criminalize airing of grievances in public. But the most popular opinion doesn't seem to fix America's original sin because that would require the people who benefit from the status quo to do something to change it. It requires the people whose comfort derives from the misery of others to give up a tiny bit of that comfort and far too many are just not willing to do that.

pdl603

The protesting will never end until all are equal and we are wearing grey jump suits waiting in-line for our weekly allotment of State supplied nutrition.

Hayduke2

Nah, gray is losing its appeal according to many designers.

TomWheatley

The guy dropping off the nasty letters seems to like gray ... Shame we can't ID the a ..hole yet.

bosco

Soylent Green.

[ninja]

threecents

You beat me to it.[thumbup]

phydeaux994

You were born into the U.S.A. equal piddle. Half of American citizens weren’t so privileged, they are still fighting for equality. Why don’t you lend a hand in that fight. As far as uniforms I saw a lot of Red MAGA Hats on TV this morning lining up to eat the Purple Ooze on the South Lawn with Covida doling it out from the Golden Balcony. 🦧🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑

phydeaux994

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/9FRbqHepS80/maxresdefault.jpg

threecents

Soylent green. Yum.

micky

Harris Biden have a plan. Just elect them and they will tell you what it is, along with court packing and ending the Wuhan Red Death.

Hayduke2

micky - tell me Trump's plan please...

pdl603

Harris-Biden plan sounds like Trump’s plan, but then Joe knows something about plagiarism.

Thewheelone

So do you, pdl603. Pence said the exact same thing in the VP debate. Here is an example of how to let readers know you have borrowed something someone else said and I have used one of your original thoughts: " " See, that's how you do it; of course there must be an original thought in between the quotes, quite impossible for you.

bosco

www.promiseskept.com sums it up pretty well.

[ninja]

Hayduke2

Propaganda bro,,,

Rick Blatchford

There is a huge difference between protesting and harassing innocent strangers. One can be productive. The other creates annoyance and animosity. May I suggest that protestors who annoy and harass do little to advance their cause.

Thewheelone

Mr. B. The idea of this letter is that if we work to eliminate racism, there will be no need for protest. Stick to the content and try not to spin out of control.[offtopic]

Hayduke2

Thanks Wheel, my thoughts too and Mr. B has that tendency in all he writes.[offtopic]

Rick Blatchford

Y;all missed the point. Harassment is counter productive. It creates animosity. Bet you won't grasp that one either.

phydeaux994

It only creates animosity among the Racists. It makes good people aware and willing to support their cause. Case in point, the protests in Frederick County are in support of the National protests, arranged by those sympathetic to the BLM Movement.

Hayduke2

Rick - you injected the harrassment into the letter writer's main point. Maybe you missed the point. I don't believe he advocated for harrassment but pointed out historical examples and how the issue was resolved. Different take on it I guess.

awteam2000

Rick, You may want to checkout the outdoor dining on Market St. on weekends. You may not be able to get a seat. The far majority of the patrons support the protest and take it in course. You do get a few drunk Trump supporters ranting nonsense but they are quickly shutdown. I think your perception is way off course.

Check it out over the next couple of weekends. I’ll buy you a drink.

“Oops” not next weekend, out of town, but the following. I’ll be lookIng for the guy wearing the MAGA hat.

Thewheelone

Mr. B., Responses to letters to the editor should be germane to the letter so the thoughts do not get too convoluted. Save your spin for one of your columns. Here is a tip: Look at the title of the letter in this case and you will generally see what the letter is about.

bcranmer

TheWheelone...like your rose covered wheel image. Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile!

mrnatural1

bcranmer,

You've gotta watch Thewheelone, I've heard he'll steal your face right off your head. [wink]

NewMarketParent

Must be great to live in a world where you get to decide the fate of others and whether they receive justice. Please tell me about how powerful it makes you feel.

threecents

Bill, The problem of systemic police racism is much more complicated than voting rights issues. People like me are frustrated because now is the time to figure out solutions, rather than just marching. Where is the exit strategy? Stop the emphasis on marching and start the emphasis on the system and how it can be changed.

phydeaux994

The idea of protesting is to get the attention of those you are asking to change to solve the problem. It is those still harboring Racist feelings that must change to solve the problem. You must keep your issue in the headlines to eventually harbor change. The marching must and will continue. There are many people eating their meal downtown cheering for the marchers as they pass by. Attitudes are changing here in Frederick County and across the Nation and it shows. Support for the protesters is growing and someday will prevail.

awteam2000

Phy, “that’s a fact”, that I witness. My wife made me go out to eat “in the streets”. It was well patronized and many patrons supporting and cheering for the protesters. If anything it was attracting more attention, not less.

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