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Better Questions


February 1, 2018

Jack Matthews, in his letter of Jan. 22, erects a very clever mirror to deflect attention away from the current president. By affirming that Haiti is indeed an impoverished nation (in part based on his experience decades ago and an hour on the Internet) and that ten of the nations on the “Nations to Avoid” list are in Africa, he answers a question that has not been asked in the recent conversations about the president’s deportment in office.

Matthews hopes to divert our attention from the president’s racism (his observation that immigrants from Norway are somehow more desirable, a quite recent example, is far from being an isolated event – look up his record as a landlord in New York), the crude language and ideation he uses in meetings conducted on behalf of this nation that undermine any potential for change that good will and diplomacy might otherwise lead to (countries), and his general deportment which often befouls the noble office with which he has been entrusted (my nuclear button is bigger than his… ).

A question one might more profitably consider is “What conditions, present and historical, led the nations which the president so crudely characterized to be in economic shambles?” Another is “Are immigrants from any nation somehow better than immigrants from other nations?” The latter question ought to create much angst for anyone who subscribes to the poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor…. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore….”

Peter Mockridge



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