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LETTER: President is a racist

To the Editor: When will South Dakota's state and federal lawmakers find the courage to stand up for our democracy by clearly denouncing President Trump's threats against NFL players who choose not to stand for the national anthem? There are coun...

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To the Editor:

When will South Dakota's state and federal lawmakers find the courage to stand up for our democracy by clearly denouncing President Trump's threats against NFL players who choose not to stand for the national anthem? There are countries where such actions are officially punished, such as North Korea, China, Iran and Russia.

We cannot thrive as a nation if our lawmakers will only defend the palatable aspects of democracy. How strange, however, that this president suggests NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem should be thrown out of the country, which he did on May 24, while he managed to find a way to describe white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, as "good people."

The time for self delusion has long past. This president is a racist lacking any respect for the democratic principles that our founding fathers fought so hard to establish for this great nation, most specifically those elements of democracy found distasteful by many.

Freedom dies in the stifling air of conformity, but thrives in the bright air of dissent. And if conformity is our aspiration, then we as a people need look no farther than North Korea for inspiration.

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Kevin Doby

Yankton

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