On Ralph’s side

Thank you for the article "Nader’s Long March." (MT, Sept. 20-26). I am pleased to see The Metro Times discussing all the political candidates, not just Gore and Bush. And just in case you’re curious, I am voting for Ralph Nader. —Shannon Scofield, Lansing


Pay for the past

Concerning Keith A. Owens’ article, ("How to be sorry," MT. Sept. 20-26), European-Americans and others continue to deny that the wealth they enjoy today is based on an economy of 246 years of African slave labor. America today would have little more than a Third World economy if that slave labor base were removed. Regardless of when a person migrated to the United States, their prosperity today is derived from the holocaust of African slave labor followed by the apartheid of yesteryear. Therefore, no one is exempt from apologies and reparations due to descendents of enslaved Africans.

Not in my time, but someday, brave scholars are going to research and write the true story of American history, in lieu of the European ego-trip and distorted version being fed to the world presently. Europeans, South Africans, Canadians and Australians have come to grips with their brutal treatment of people of color. When will Americans? —Helen H. Gentry, Detroit

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