How can we say our nation is racist?

Am I the only one who is tired of the constant liberal mantra that this is a racist country?

We have had a black secretary of state, surgeon general, member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Supreme Court justices, attorney general, generals, lawyers, businessmen and now the president of the United States of America. We have a less than 20 percent black population in this country. How is it possible for a black man to win the presidency if this is a racist country?

I was born and raised in South Korea, emigrated to this country, became an American citizen, had a family, joined the Army and retired from the Army after serving more than 20 years. While serving in the Army, I worked with people of all races and have been to many countries. None of the countries I lived in or visited seemed to be as polarized by race relations as we are in the United States, which is surprising. I find Americans to be the most generous and accepting of those who are different from them more than anywhere else.

I've met and worked with thousands of people. Some of them I admired, some I tolerated and some I did not like at all. However, my judgment of these people had nothing to do with the person's race, but had everything to do with their character. For the same reason, I never suspected my race had anything to do with it when others had various level of likes/dislikes toward me.

I believe this is the greatest country in the world. I encourage every American to teach our children the greatness of this country and let them know anything is possible if they believe in themselves and are willing to work hard for it. I reject racism when I encounter it. I also reject those who use racism to browbeat others into silence or as an excuse for their failures.

YeSun Wiltse

Evans

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