Letter: Days of bigotry persist in U.S.

President Barack Obama speaks in San Jose, Calif.

President Barack Obama speaks in San Jose, Calif. (June 7, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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I always find it incredible when people say or imply that everything has changed when it comes to bigotry in the United States, and trot out President Barack Obama's elections as a prime example ["Majority of Americans see past race as issue," Letters, June 18].

Throughout his terms, there have been multiple and consistent examples of disguised bigotry directed at the president -- "birthers," claims that he's a Muslim, etc. This is clearly the work of bigots and racists who can't get past the color of his skin.

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While the letter writer may think that most Americans have matured when it comes to race, he can't speak for or claim to represent all white Americans -- no more than he can ever tell a black American that the days of bigotry in the United States are over.

Joseph E. Short, Centerport


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