Reader responds to op-ed about Biden, Harris

Published 6:03 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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To the Editor:

I have read Dr. [William] Scott’s op-ed with interest. I think overall he was on the correct path in his observations. Not voting for someone because they are black is racist. However, voting for someone solely because they are black is equally racist. This tends to get lost in this unfortunate never-ending racial discussion in our country.

However, I beg to differ with his specific analysis regarding Kamala Harris’ “race” being the deciding factor in not voting for Joe Biden. For many, Kamala Harris showed herself to be vindictive, insensitive and mean-spirited during the [Brett] Kavanaugh hearings a couple of years ago. She did nothing to improve this perception during the Democratic primaries and was soundly defeated.

Her support and encouragement of the Black Lives Matter organization’s stated Marxist philosophy, the defunding of police, approval of violent protests, and signing on to the very far left Democratic party platform during the campaign, further alienated her from many voters. All together, it does not paint a very attractive picture of Kamala Harris for millions of Americans.

The thought of her being a heartbeat away from the presidency is intolerable for many especially in light of Joe Biden’s cognitive issues. In a country of 350 million people, it is inevitable some people will be driven by racist attitudes; I don’t believe it was the deciding factor for many millions of voters in this election.


Butch Shields