2017-06-02 / Letters

A Rebuttal To Norm Scott

Dear Editor:

Once again I feel compelled to answer Norman Scott’s scathing attack on my defense of some of the more progressive accomplishments of Woodrow Wilson’s eight years as president.

I vigorously object to turning the 28th president into a convenient scapegoat for the current racial tension engulfing and devouring America now.

Norman Scott should realize that America in 1916 was a very different country. Segregation and institutionalized racism were deeply entrenched in every segment of American life long before Woodrow Wilson moved into the White House.

Washington, D.C. was one off the most segregated cities in the United States. I firmly stand behind my assertion that a racist president wouldn’t nominate a Jewish candidate as a Supreme Court Justice. Yet Wilson made history by selecting Louis Brandeis as his Supreme Court pick.

As for Wilson’s failure to keep America out of war, perhaps Mr. Scott should read The Zimmerman Telegram by Barbara Tuchman. This book illustrates how a German bureaucrat tried to persuade the Mexican government that they would regain their lost territory in the American Southwest if they agreed to support Germany.

This notorious telegram and Germany’s decision to resume unrestricted submarine warfare were the reasons America would end up going to war in 1917.

Oh, before I forget – we recently celebrated Mother’s Day. There’s another thing we can thank Woodrow Wilson for – in 1914 Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday of May be set aside to honor mothers. Who could argue with that?

SHARON RUTMAN

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