Letter to the Editor

1876 Reconstruction Died

Monday, May 24, 2021

Mark Twain “We made a horrible failure of freeing the slaves.”

He published “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Feb. 18, 1885, showing his disdain of slavery, and letting us know it was our nation’s worst sin.

Now think back to the 1960s when our nation began to again deeply consider civil rights, affirmative action, diversity and equity in our work places.

We wanted to destroy the intellectual concept of Jim Crow that had an uncomfortable strangle hold over our nation.

Many thought affirmative action would be wonderful — especially for African American men. Many thought African American men could now get a decent job so they could take care of their families.

We now look back and realize the biggest beneficiaries of our civil rights movement were wealthy white women.

We noticed powerful wealthy corporations like The Des Moines Register — big tech didn’t want to hire or train African Americans, especially African American men.

When we look in Iowa’s most important looking glass — The Des Moines Register — what do we see?

The Des Moines Register’s editorial board is all white.

The Register apparently feels they fulfilled their corporate diversity goals with white women like Carol Hunter and a well qualified featured columnist Rekha Basu. Both are great, but neither are African American, must less an African American man.

Go to your computer and type in columnist Des Moines Register — first pop to up is a white woman, not an African American.

Has big tech made a science out of their unwillingness to hire and train African Americans? By misusing our nation’s HIB Visa program, hiring directly and using sub-contractors to hire even more HIB Visa holders?

Big Tech wins big time by hiring more and more well qualified dark skinned Indian national men and women, giving big tech a diversified work force so they don’t have to work with and train African Americans whose families have been here for hundreds of years.

1885 Mark Twain — “We had ground the manhood out of them” — as we do today.

— Bill Murphy, Okoboji