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Letters to the Editor

'The farmer has bought a rat trap'

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Dear Editor,

US President Donald Trump says Puerto Ricans want everything to be done for them. It is noticeable that he never said this about Texans or Floridians.

I try to ignore President Trump, but cannot allow such an offensive statement to pass without comment.

This statement is symptomatic of the stereotyping by supremacists against people who don't look like them.

Accusations against President Trump's leanings are well documented. In the 1920s his father was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan march. In the 1970s he got sued for racial discrimination. He led the Birther Movement against President Barack Obama. And we have seen images of him cosying up to supremacist groups. I believe his base of support is primarily elderly white voters who resent the changing racial identity of the country and see him as 'their man' in the White House who was elected “to take back the country and make America great again”. In return, his Administration is narrowly focused on just appeasing this group.

For those who are not Puerto Ricans and think that the statement does not include them, I want to point them in the direction of a story of the rat in the farmhouse. Some of you may have read in via social media:

A rat once lived in a farmhouse and one day it noticed that the farmer had acquired a rat trap. So the rat went to the barn and passed on the news to a hen, who said, “Thanks for telling me, but it's not meant for me and so I am not bothered.”

The rat then told a cow who said, “Sorry, but I don't care because the trap is not for me.”

Lastly the rat told a pig, who hesitated and then said, “You have my sympathy and I will pray for you.”

One day the trap caught a snake and when the farmer's wife went to remove the snake it bit her and she got sick. So the farmer went to the barn and killed a hen, made chicken soup, gave it to his wife, but it did not help. He then killed the cow and sold the meat to pay for his wife's surgery and health care. When she recovered, in celebration the farmer killed the pig and fed it to friends. The rat was left.

The chain of events started with the rat trap.

My point is that Trump's statement is not only for Puerto Ricans, but for all of us. And, like the animals in the barn, unless we take heed we will end up regretting it. So join the resistance and speak out! Speak out! Speak out!

Victor A Dixon

Boynton Beach, Florida




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