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Opposition of ‘squad’ isn’t tied to racism

People who complain that our president and his supporters are being racists are very misinformed and perpetuate a very false, divisive and negative narrative, based on rhetoric and not facts.

What sets us apart from the rest of the world is our Constitution, Bill of Rights and judicial system. Laws are created to ensure our safety and rights provided by these documents are preserved and protected, without regard to race.

It is the president’s constitutional responsibility to enforce federal laws and his failure to do so would be an abdication of a primary presidential responsibility under the constitution.

The fact that certain politicians — identifying themselves as “The squad,” advocate a different judicial system based on a particular religion and policies that would destroy our economy, individual wealth, thwart entrepreneurs and restrict law enforcement to political ideology vs. actual laws — get called out does not make the voice of opposition racist.

To the contrary, disagreement with those who fail to embrace America’s laws, values, beliefs, political system or established societal norms should be met with a strong voice of opposition.

This voice may be received as direct and harsh to “The squad” and like minded, but understand, it is clearly not racially motivated.

Statements —“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came? Then come back and show us how it is done” — were direct and devoid of racism.

However, “The squad” and their supporters, who spin facts into false negative racial illusions do so to fabricate a divisive racial narrative.

The voice of opposition is made, not with racial overtones, but to excise a cancer before it metastasizes.

Bill Teufel

Hollidaysburg

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