To the Editor:
On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
Upon signing it, he said that the Democrats now had lost the South for a generation. It is going on three generations now.
Yes, we have had a black president for two terms, there is a sitting black Supreme Court justice and a black head of Housing and Urban Development in President Donald Trump’s cabinet. Plus, there have been numerous black sports players for whom we line up to get autographs and pictures.
I had a black adviser, William F. Kornigay, at the University of Illinois (who later moved to Bethune-Cookman College in Florida), who was an elegant, cultured, very intelligent adviser. Nevertheless, I cannot help but feel that we as a country are going backward in our race relations, not forward.
When Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence, “freedom and justice” applied to only white men, not to either women or blacks. On paper this has changed.
Let’s hope that President Trump can indeed “Make America Great Again” by treasuring and supporting all of America’s resources, especially its people.