It is ridiculous for letter writer Carol J. Czapik ("Fueling Bigotry," July 24) to accuse President Barack Obama or anyone else of "infusing" or "injecting" race into any issue in the United States. Race has been a part of American life from the time the first Europeans arrived here and described the indigenous people as "savages." Shortly thereafter they began capturing, buying, selling and forcing people from Africa into chattel slavery because they were considered to be of a "lesser" race.
Race was already central to the American way and view of life when the Constitution was adopted and people of African descent were to be counted as only three-fifths of a person and denied citizenship, even if free, until the adoption of the 14th Amendment in 1868.
False and stupid presuppositions about race have "colored" every day of my eight decades of life. I ask the lady from Castle Shannon, in my best Jack Bailey sound-alike voice, "Would you like to be black for a day?"
ELIZABETH ASCHE "BETTY" DOUGLAS