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Mark Herschlip, Fargo , Published December 08 2012

Letter: Writer’s comments were out of line

The overt racist comments that appeared Nov. 18 in a commentary by Shelton A. Gunaratne must not go unanswered. I quote Gunaratne: “For increasing numbers of immigrants from non-Western countries, the white founders of America do not mean much, nor does the primacy of the old Constitution the founders created.”

Not only is this statement racist, it is a sweeping generalization that a writer like Gunaratne should be trained to avoid. Gunaratne needs coaching on writing fallacies.

The “white founders of America do not mean much”? What doesn’t mean much is Gunaratne’s logic. What doesn’t mean much is his flat-out falsehood. Many new non-Western immigrants are grateful to the founders, the “white” ones, because they respect and embrace democracy, freedom and the republic, where they are free from terror, murder and torture. Check with a few Lost Boys of Sudan, for example.

Gunaratne has shown himself a bigot. He owes new immigrants who don’t subscribe to his harmful statement an apology. He owes “white” America an apology. I hope it is forthcoming. And I hope the editors of The Forum will not allow this bigotry to disgrace its pages in the future.