Letter to the Editor: Racism needs to be called out


To the Editor:
As a lifetime baseball fan (Reds) I often saw Roberto Clemente play. I rate him among the top players ever, along with Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson. His cause for canonization has been opened. He is not yet called Venerable.

He died in a plane crash while bringing humanitarian aid to Nicaragua after a major natural disaster. He has often been called a model of caring for one’s neighbor. I hope that one day he would become baseball’s own patron saint. A short book citing him as a good example for Blacks for caring for others has been removed from libraries in Florida. Such open, vicious racism needs to be called out. A good way for the bishops to reaffirm their credibility would be to join the effort for canonization and be much more explicit about condemning the raging racism plaguing our country.

Donald Moeller

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