Answering the ‘why’ of racism

In a letter to the editor, Rachel Branch writes, "If one still does not understand the "Y," one only needs to look in the mirror at one's face."

To the editor:

The difference between my father’s name, George Flood, and George Floyd is one letter: “Y.” And the difference in their lives is the root of all the evil this country keeps upholding in the name of elitism, greed, power and entitlement, thus creating a scenario of a patriotic picture for generations to come that is totally unacceptable and unconscionable, a picture that is filled with intentional, unbridled disregard for the truth.

Y? And that is the answer all Americans of good will know: There is no “why” to answer; it is the lies of truthful history left untold from the days that my Gallup ancestors landed on the shores of this country in 1630, and others before that year, to then commit atrocities, genocide and enslavement of People of Color and Native Peoples.

If one still does not understand the “Y,” one only needs to look in the mirror at one’s face. One’s color says it all. Once again: One’s color says it all.

Very sincerely,

Rachel I. Branch
North Adams