Answers to an earlier question about racism

Dennis Roy invited “Democratic patrons” to explain what “entitled” and “racist” means.

He described his life in an effort to show he was not “entitled.” Where he considers his upbringing an example of non-entitlement shows a profound misunderstanding. Wealth may produce adults who don’t understand the struggle to get ahead, however, it is likely that Mr. Roy’s “whiteness” mitigated his struggle, and gave him the opportunities he worked so hard at.

If his parents could purchase a home in the 40s or 50s in which to raise their children, then the laws and policies that kept people of color from getting mortgages did not impede them. Had they been black, it’s likely they would not have owned a home, have it appreciate in value, and accumulate enough wealth to live modest lives, and pass to their descendants.

If he had been black, it is likely he would not have been able to attend college. He would not have received loans to get his degrees. That is what “entitled” means, when a “liberal” uses that term.

Mr. Roy’s attitude about his life shows such a lack of understanding of what it was like for non-whites to get ahead. He has no clue. Largely, white people who have had a life of struggle have no clue. In their cases, all they needed was a good work ethic and determination.

It was different for nearly anyone else, and because entitled citizens have never felt the struggles of the “others,” they believe theirs are universal.

As to “racist,” voting for a politician of color does not belie racism. Racism is intentionally impeding the struggle of another “race.” Racism is systematic policies that keep other “races” from the rights and privileges enjoyed by the “race” of the people instituting the policies.

TRINA BORENSTEIN,

Greenbush