This is in reply to an Oct. 10 letter by M.J. “Dakota” Callen who appears to be terribly misinformed on many issues.

The words of the pledge are "and justice for all." Which is exactly, the whole, entire point of the protests that have him so upset. The fact of the matter is that these fundamental principles of liberty and justice, upon which this country for which that flag stands was founded, are still not realized by large numbers of citizens whose skin color happens to be something other than white.

These protesters have finally gotten the attention they deserve. So, now that the concept has been explained, it's time for you to choose whether you are going to sit there in your bubble of lily-white privilege with your fingers in your ears saying "la la la la, I can't heeeear you; racism doesn't exist" or you can choose to make America greater by performing your patriotic duty to actively work to eradicate racism in our country. Our responsibility is actually pretty simple; call out racism whenever and wherever one sees it, including examining our own behavior for any intentional or unintentional conduct that may be racist in nature.

If your friends and family were subject to the same injustices that people of color encounter on a daily basis, I have absolutely no doubt you'd be doing more than taking a knee.

Bryan Stafford

Billings

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