In its purest sense, a racist is someone who believes another person is inherently inferior due to the biological fact of their race. It is not born but cultivated over time. There are overt racists and covert racists.

With overt racism, people's beliefs could be a rational response to a perceived threat to their own ethnic group by outsiders. Covert racism is far more prevalent and far more damaging, yet because it doesn’t have a dramatic impact it goes unchallenged.

You know that old Jeff Foxworthy joke, “If your richest relative buys a house and asks for your help to take the wheels off, you might be a redneck!” Here’s a better one: If you think it is amusing to dress up like ICE agents and dress your caddy like an incarcerated immigrant, trust me, you’re an overt racist.

During a Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce golf outing, that’s exactly what happened. A picture of the event surfaced on Facebook. Judging by the sparkling grins on the ladies' faces, they didn’t see anything wrong with what they were doing. Even more disturbing was the comment section where roughly 50 percent of the participants simply could not understand what the big deal was.

We are living in a time where being outrageous is OK. Free speech is held dear here in America and with the advent of Trump, he has given permission to discard your filters and say and do whatever you want.

Those people, the ones they were making fun of, are being held in horrific conditions. Children and adults are dying because of that neglect for the crime of wanting a better life for their family. They were willing to face almost certain death, walking thousands of miles, to get that better life.

Trust me when I say, the children separated from their parents will carry mental trauma scars for the rest of their lives. Seems like a lot to go through so a few of the privileged in Crawford County can get a cheap giggle. Come on people, we can do better.

LUISA SONNEK

Meadville

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