To the Editor:

In reply to “Mandela’s fight against apartheid mirrored civil rights battle in U.S.” (Letters, Dec. 14)

To quote: “The apartheid in South Africa mirrored ... the civil rights fight black Americans were and are still fighting.”

This writer seems always to have something derogatory to write concerning America.

She makes me wonder, if things are so bad for the black race in the U.S., how come I went to school with black kids, read from the same books at school, went to the movies, laughed and joked with blacks kids (and adults) and worked with and for black Americans.

The writer seems to have never progressed from 50-60 years ago; it’s a problem, when young blacks want to move onward. People like her try to keep young blacks back in the day, by trying to make them feel guilty if they are not willing to carry bitterness from so many years past.

Because I remember him, too, and have followed him myself through the years, I believe Mandela did do a good thing when he was willing to help do away with apartheid.

Who he joined with after that and became involved with paints a different picture to some.

Things aren’t hunky dory in the African nations just because apartheid was done away with, though.

There has never been complete rest since the British left. Women and children are savaged and raped on a daily basis. There are no civil rights laws to protect in these countries like in the U.S. — only dictators and warlords.

If the writer wants to work for a cause that really needs rectifying, she should go somewhere where help is really needed, which were common ground to Mandela and his fellow Africans.

Unlike many countries in the part of the world where Mandela lived, the U.S. does have civil rights, which are supposed to protect us all — blacks, but also whites, Hispanics and any other race living in the country legally.

The writer should stop living in the past. Since the majority of the young don’t feel the same as ones who aren’t able to face reality, but always have a problem with the American way, the young are progressing.

Arthur Ashe, who was a wonderful tennis player and a champion in this field, before he died from AIDS did work for the humanitarian causes. But he didn’t live long enough to make a truly big difference.

Elizabeth Hamm


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