Confederacy a heritage of shame

To the editor:

In a letter to the editor in the Sept. 5 Rantoul Press, John McNeely defended the Confederate flag as being "about heritage."

If so, it is a heritage of shame.

The Confederate flag glorifies a war in which American killed American, neighbor killed neighbor, friend killed friend and brother killed brother.    

The Confederate flag is a symbol of the kidnapping, trafficking, deprivation of liberty and forced labor of human beings.

The Confederate flag is a symbol of white aggression against African-Americans carried out through intimidation, physical assault, lynching and rape.

The Confederate flag is a symbol of second-class citizenship for African-Americans.

The Confederate flag is a symbol of the deprivation of a voice in government for African-Americans.

The Confederate flag is a symbol of this nation’s unfinished business with African-Americans — as well as anyone else not of western European descent: that the beast of racism has not been slain once and for all.

Debra Rawlings



Village district idea makes sense

To the editor:

I’ve been carefully reading the recent commentaries in the Rantoul Press about the Rantoul referendum on this November’s ballot concerning the adoption of six districts with one trustee representing each district.

When I read such commentary I try to distinguish the writer’s intent and the reasoning used to support their position.

For the life of me, I cannot understand why Jim Cheek is opposed to allowing more people the opportunity to have access toward participating in our local government. The basis of his argument seems to be that he’s lived in town a long time and things are fine just the way they are.

Nowhere in his writings does he logically explain why maintaining the status quo is best for our village.

After reading the commentaries by Mike Schlosser and Jack Anderson in support of voting yes for districting, I found their points to be balanced, well-reasoned and compelling. In the end, both convincingly laid out how as a community we would benefit by promoting more people getting involved and receiving better representation and accountability from our trustees and why districting is best for our village going forward.

I’m voting yes for the creation of six trustee districts because I’m a supporter of the Rantoul Tomorrow initiative, elements of which align with the districting referenda that include promoting increased community and neighborhood involvement.

It makes good sense to me that when more people are able to participate in their community, they develop a sense of community pride and make an emotional and financial investment toward improving their neighborhoods.

When a good idea comes by, we need to recognize and seize it.

Besides, what’s the alternative — the status quo?

Lynne Larkin