Editor: In response the letter to the editor from MB Cranshaw, I would like to comment on a portion of his statement. While his comment that I am referring to is almost separate from the larger point he was trying to make about giving free publicity to the KKK, it bothered me so much that I feel obliged to respond.
In reference to County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall commenting that the Ku Klux “Klan is a domestic terrorist organization of murderers, rapists and cowards,” Mr. Crenshaw states that Chairwoman Randall is confusing the Klan with “the mobs battering our Southern border.” Comparing the KKK to Central Americans seeking a better life is an outrageous comparison, perhaps even thinly veiled racism, and I am disappointed that Loudoun Now chose to publish Mr. Cranshaw’s opinion. Applying a blanket description to any group of people is questionable, nevermind to thousands of people risking their lives, and their families lives, with tremendous courage, to escape violence and economic desperation.
As an American who can trace my family ancestry here back to before the Revolutionary War, I can stoke patriotism and claim to be as American as anybody else. Yet, this does not mean detachment and exclusivity to people from elsewhere. I believe that the human race is like a beautiful diverse garden that forms one whole. In fact, my own children are an embodiment of the oneness of humanity, with a mix of Central American, South American, Jewish, European and African ancestry. Having lived and worked in Central America, as well as having married into a family with several Central and South American immigrants, I know that those attempting to enter the United States are not “mobs battering our Southern border.” They are regular people trying to get by, just like most of us. I urge Mr. Cranshaw to consider what it must be like to be someone risking their life to flee a desperate situation, just as I consider the feelings that exist behind the perspective of Mr. Cranshaw.
Dave White, Ashburn