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Wednesday, March 3, 2021


Symbol of Oppression

Jan 4, 2021

To the editor:
I am half-Jewish, which would have been enough to get me exterminated in Nazi Germany. So I am relieved that columnist Ed Townsend (“Here & There Beyond The News,” December 29) thinks Nazi symbols should be banned.
By the same token, Confederate flags should also be banned — not because they reflect hateful views held by the individuals displaying them, but because of their impact on other people.
Mr. Townsend, I guarantee that if 50 percent of your DNA came from a person of African American descent, you would feel very differently about the Confederate flag. It is a symbol of oppression.
Why would anyone espousing, as you write, “our values of justice and inclusion” want to make our Black neighbors feel unsafe and unwelcome in their own country?

Rebekah Creshkoff
Callicoon Center

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