In response to James Ferragut’s letter, "Statue of limitations," published June 28:
Conundrum indeed, Mr. Ferragut. Interesting that you would end your colloquy at Mount Rushmore, carved as it is into the sacred lands of the Lakota and several other Native American tribes and promised them forever by the American government. The winners write the history, but that does not make it true.
From the Portuguese to the Spanish to the English and on to the United States, the enslavement of Africans soils them all with an immutable stain of self-righteous arrogance. From the Trail of Tears to the Black Hawk War to Sand Creek and the Washita to Wounded Knee, a river of blood runs through America’s exceptionalism. From the Mexican War to Trump’s internment camps, America continues to marginalize the native people of North America. Now, white America thinks it may be time to reconsider its behavior in the past. Really!
There is a growing minority of people in America who have been considering this for some time. There is no conundrum for them.
Can any of us, of the Caucasian persuasion, ever grasp the pain our minority communities have suffered at our hands through the past 400 years? Do we really need statues to remind us of our guilt and them of their oppressors?
Take them all down, Mount Rushmore and Stone Mountain as well. They serve no purpose for the future.