Integral to this country | Letter

On Aug. 2, Mr. Roger Clarke-Johnson’s letter (Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Aug. 2) argued President Trump was not racist in his tweet about legislators known as “The Squad.” To advocate for unity in our country, Clarke-Johnson’s opinion must be thoroughly rebutted.

Mr. Clarke-Johnson asserted that Mr. Trump’s suggestion that The Squad to “go back to where they came from” was not racist, but rather akin to an employer telling a whining employee to find another position. This is simply not true. The use of “go back to where you came from” has a long history as racial oppression and Trump wielded this phrase in exactly that manner.

White people are not told to “go back to where they came from.” Trump’s grandfather was from Germany, and Bernie Sanders’ father is from Poland, but no one would think they “came from” a country other than the United States. A person suggesting that Sanders or Trump to go back to where they “came from” would sound absurd. That’s because the phrase “came from” is aimed strictly at people of color.

By telling these women to “go back to where they came from,” Trump suggests that the women’s true home is with other people of color. These women may have European heritage, but Trump is not talking about the women returning to Europe. The “broken, crime-infested places” Trump refers to are not European. Aside from the color of their skin, these women have little in common with people in Africa, Asia, and South America, but that is where Trump believes they belong. In short, Trump implies that legislators of color should not draft policy, but be grateful that they are not living in predominantly non-white countries.

People of color are integral to the United States. No suggestion otherwise should be tolerated in our community, especially not from our leaders.

Claire Robson

Bothell

More in Letters to the Editor

Falcone is the smart choice | Letter

In the race for Kirkland City Council Pos. 6, Amy Falcone is… Continue reading

Falcone is the right choice | Letter

We are writing to recommend Amy Falcone for Kirkland City Council. As… Continue reading

Vote for Falcone | Letter

I am writing to support Amy Falcone for Kirkland City Council Pos.… Continue reading

Encouraging innovation | Letter

Earlier this year, I had a kidney transplant and it changed my… Continue reading

Give up now! | Letter

I believe that our forefathers didn’t pass the Second Amendment to our… Continue reading

Where have the ospreys gone? | Letter

For years I have watched a pair of ospreys raise chicks in… Continue reading

That entangled meme | Letter

Thanks to Sherman Peters (Reporter, Sept. 6) readers were fed glib history.… Continue reading

A nation of laws | Letter

In the United States, which has a population of about 330 million… Continue reading

Only the names have changed | Letter

Sept. 1 marked 80 years since Hitler invaded Poland and started World… Continue reading

Police shouldn’t become nannies | Letter

I am tired of police accountability; what about public accountability? Nowhere in… Continue reading

This week in letters: Kirkland Summerfest, right to bear arms

Thousands of asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — some… Continue reading

Integral to this country | Letter

On Aug. 2, Mr. Roger Clarke-Johnson’s letter (Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Aug. 2) argued… Continue reading