I know the “but” will cause some to question my letter. Here are some facts: As a teacher, I was the only white person in a Title I school in the riot area in 1968 in Washington, D.C. I experienced hate from many of both races when I married a lovely black woman in 1974. I know a little bit about racism.
The “but” in my first sentence is a lead-in to my opinion that many of today's racist expressions are enabled by President Obama, his appointees and the media consciously separating us based on race. The graffiti is the predictable result of: President Obama injecting himself into local issues like the arrested Harvard professor and Trayvon Martin, but saying nothing about the many racist attacks on white people that are non-reported by the media; Erik Holder, the attorney general, talking about protecting “his people” and failing to prosecute obvious federal crimes, like the New Black Panther Party threatening voters, and putting a “bounty” on George Zimmerman; like the Democrats in the House of Representatives paying for training on how to play the “race card” on budget issues; like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton playing such a large role in the president's re-election campaign.
I hope the ignorant Grand Haven racist graffiti artist is found and identified publicly (but not prosecuted, because I think we still have First Amendment rights), but I also hope that the media finds and identifies racists who have a more national reputation.
— Chuck Tyler, Grand Haven Township