Letter to the Editor: Pitts is a faith-keeper of our culture


With this letter, I wish to reference the work of Leonard Pitts Jr., featured frequently on the Opinion page of the Northern Virginia Daily. Pitts, a syndicated columnist with the Miami Herald, is an American interior-design, faith-keeper of our culture. He upholds our 238-year-old oath of freedom, waving it before our fickle eyes, when we fail to treasure our codified early American values, those holding “these truths” to be “self evident, that all men are created equal…”

Our creed was fixed in 1776; let slide from our grasp disastrously, repeatedly, while American heralds like Pitts decried the desecration of our birthright, whereby many Americans “of color” were — and continue to be — denied our fundamental bond of equality. These breeches of promise, imposed upon minorities, may result from feelings of self-assigned entitlement by some citizens in positions of influence — effectively insinuating that the Declaration of Independence should read, “All men of a certain complexion are created equal.”

We swerve from our first-light dictum and endanger our distinctive American overarching equality-in-freedom with every violation of our founding documents. I believe the grossest misstep is the one that paints some of us as inherently deserving of the rights granted to all of us.

If we could imagine losing our eyesight, we might sense the senselessness of attributing political, social or economic advantage to individuals born with preferred skin pigmentation. If our combined regional and national judgments were determined by a Congress, the presidency, and the courts — composed solely of blind adjudicates — would their rulings be influenced by racial consideration?

If we believe the answer is no, can this scenario tell us something of the enormous flaw in human nature, referred to as prejudice, when seen as baseless in the dark?

Trust we must to be governed fairly. But, we still need citizens like Pitts to remind us of the “self evident” truth of equality, the foremost, and most fragile element of our American interior-design.

Deon L. Jaccard, Woodstock