Column Hit Home
Geoff Cutler’s column “So I’m a Racist and Didn’t Even Know It” (Feb. 13) really hit home. I have it cut out and on my refrigerator. Greatest article I have read in a long time!
I was in Washington, D.C., last March and looked through The Washington Post. One of its columnists wrote a hateful article about the racist tea party, of which I am a member. I brought it home with me and e-mailed the writer a beautiful, respectful letter. I told him about how my father (a Marine) fought in the Pacific during World War II so that we wouldn’t have to live under Marxist, socialist governments. I told him how as a special education teacher in Connecticut I was nominated as teacher of the year over and over again by my African-American students and their parents. I told him about my children and how hard they worked to become the successes they are today (three physicians and one lawyer). I told him about how he would like to have me as a neighbor and a friend, and how much I loved this country and the opportunity it offers.
Within an hour I received the most horrible e-mail written in capital letters! He demanded to know how I could possibly be a member of such a vile, racist organization.
(I thought I did a really good job of explaining it in the first place!)
This incident has bothered me ever since. There was no discussion — just name-calling on his part. When my husband left Cutler’s article out for me to read, I was elated. Congratulations, Mr. Cutler — no, Geoff — we are now friends!
Thank you very much. I am so appreciative.
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