At the end of his column on Monday, Mr. Treece stated, “But, what do I know.” Based on the arguments of his column, I would argue that he does not know much about the topic he decided to discuss.


While millions across the nation are recognizing the brutality that police are inflicting upon communities of color, Mr. Treece used his column to center his own self and feelings in the discussion: to talk about how Christians are mocked and still complaining about the wise Colin Kaepernick’s kneel for justice.


He says that, “if more people took instructions from God’s Holy Word, you wouldn’t see the violence and destruction choking daily news.” This ignores the long history of Christianity in enabling slavery and racism in this country. Christians were the first to bring kidnapped Africans to the hemisphere 400 years ago.


In 1982, Bob Jones University tried to argue that they should still receive tax-exempt status while practicing racial discrimination. In a 2016 poll, 72% of white evangelicals and 71% of white Catholics believed that police killings of unarmed black people were isolated incidents while over 80% of black Christians thought that the killings were part of a broader pattern of police discrimination.


There are countless examples of Christians excusing racism in American — from 400 years ago to the present day — if Mr. Treece had bothered to look. There are and were good Christians that were in the middle of the fight against racism, but, obviously, Christianity itself is not a solution to the issue of racism in America. More often, it is used by white America to excuse it.


I also take issue with the shot he took at Colin Kaepernick. If people had listened to what he had to say (and others before him that have been saying the same) instead of centering their own feelings, maybe there wouldn’t be mass protests today. He may feel offended that Mr. Kaepernick protests a flag and national anthem, but those things represent a country that cannot extricate itself from its history of racism. Not 244 years ago and not today. American may have been “conceived in liberty” but that liberty was not intended for some in this country.


I would implore Mr. Treece to read up on the subject before the next time he tries to conflate his issues with black struggle. I have a reading list if he’s interested.


Andrew Baden


Temperance