A tear for Eddie
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Dear Editor,

This is in reply to Shedeline Paul, whose dispatch about racism in schools appeared in the August 15th issue. Shedeline, there may be merits to your statements, but there is another side to the issue.

In the 1980s, I was a college student in Queens. The treatment towards students who were not Democrats was harsh indeed.

I was a supporter of Ronald Reagan. One day after class, I went to my car to find a bumper sticker ripped off, a tire slashed and tomatoes thrown on it. When this was brought to the attention of college administration, I was virtually ignored.

Most were white liberals who were adamant in teaching tolerance. Evidently, it didn't apply to Republicans or conservatives.

In class, one student of Polish background who played polkas in the cafeteria was fiercely ridiculed, as was an Austrian student with a heavy German accent.

In the summer of 2018, I was in the vicinity of Columbia University, wearing my MAGA hat. I was grabbed from the rear, my hat removed and thrown into mud.

Students at a local elementary school are drilled in diversity and multiculturalism. The hallways of the school honor flags of many nations, not one of which is European.

You claim there is bias. There sure is, in ways beyond what you perceive.


Edward Riecks

Howard Beach

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