Letter of the Day (March 12): State Rep. Pat Garofalo

  • Updated: March 11, 2014 - 6:54 PM

Be honest with yourself: What was your immediate reaction to Garofalo’s tweet?

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State Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, faced banks of cameras at the Capitol on Monday after his 140-character comment sparked a harsh backlash. “I take back my entire tweet. I completely apologize,” he said.

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On Monday, state Rep. Pat Garofalo apologized for a controversial Twitter comment, saying, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” We often do not see our own racism. We think our thoughts are just facts. We believe that our thoughts and comments are innocent, harmless and just an explanation away from being nonjudgmental or nonprejudiced. As long as we continue to hold negative beliefs about a group of people, as a whole, we will continue to be racist, spread untruths, deny opportunities, exclude. If you agreed, smiled or nodded at Garofalo’s tweet, I challenge you to question your beliefs. The trouble with racism is that the racist is often blind to the truth.

Laura Angyal, Shoreview

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