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Letter to the editor

By Staff | Jun 3, 2010

To the EDN:

Racial profiling and stereotyping groups of people is WRONG in our nation, and the whole world, for that matter. Recently we all heard about the man in New York City who loudly protested the building of a Muslim Community Center/Mosque near the 9-11 tragedy. The person had lost a son on that day. I grieve for his loss. But…is it right to blame a whole group of a certain religious faith (Islam) for the actions of a radical few? Of course not, and I would hope that more rational heads could/would prevail in this situation.

Now let’s look closer to home. In Estherville, I have heard ghastly generalizations about our Hispanic friends. “They are all illegal.”

“They are all on welfare.” “They don’t respect other’s property.” “They are all drug dealers.” “They won’t speak English.” This list could go on and on. Of course, perhaps a few do fit these statements, but the vast majority are law-abiding, kindly persons, seeking to support their families. We must think in the positive and not judge negatively the whole group by the actions of a few. “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”

Carol Johnson-Miller,