The economy was not “built on the backs of black people’s enslavement.” The non-slave states of the industrial North drive economy in the 18th and 19th centuries – a fact that seems to have escaped the Rev. Tim Kutzmark of the Unitarian Universalist Church (Valley Voices Oct. 1.)
That isn’t his only misrepresentation of history. Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence is there wording that excludes people of color from the American dream. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution (1865) outlawed slavery. The 15th Amendment (1870) gave the right to vote to people of color.
Jim Crow laws and school segregation have been abolished. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired the civil rights legislation of the 1960s and awakened a generation of Americans to the ideal of racial harmony. Americans elected a black president twice.
Rev. Kutzmark ignores this slow, steady march toward racial equality to justify his espousal of Black Lives Matter, a racist movement that arguably inspired the shooting of white police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Manhattan.
A jury found George Zimmerman not guilty, but Rev. Kutzmark calls him a murderer. The reverend should drop his self-righteous posturing and do a little soul searching.
Michael Freeman, Sanger