Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m glad that he recognized that the African-Americans have been treated poorly in this country. However, I was dismayed by his obvious lack of understanding of the continually adverse effect of the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States. I hope that Mr. Mangino understands that the current person who occupies the White House is taking the country back to a time when racism was the norm.I won’t minimize the progress that African-Americans have made in the United States. Yet, we have to recognize that institutional racism and biases still exist and prevent the level of economic growth and social acceptance that is easily attained by privileged races.This letter in the opinion doesn’t provide enough space to fully explain why Mr. Mangino’s final statement that African-Americans need to start solving their own problems and cleaning up their own house is an uneducated view of the prejudices that are embedded in this culture.Mr. Mangino, maybe it is time for you to examine your own biases and find ways to educate yourself about the reasons why it’s hard to clean up a house that is being constantly flooded with injustices and inequalities that you have been privileged to escape.Maxine BrisportRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Re Oct. 7 letter, “U.S. done much for African-Americans”: I generally refrain from making broad assumptions about the author of letters in the opinion page. However, I have to assume that Robert Mangino grew up during the time of Jim Crow or another period in this nation’s history where racism and segregation was the norm. This has skewed his view of African-Americans.
MASON CITY — A Florida woman is due to make an appearance in a Cerro Gordo County courtroom later this week after being accused of cashing stolen checks. 30-year-old Christina Whitaker of Lantana Florida was accused of going to four different branches of First Citizens Bank in December of last year and cashing eight stolen checks with a total value of $16,300. Authorities say Whitaker used the stolen identity of a bank customer and impersonated the account holder. Whitaker has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, as well as identity theft involving over $10,000, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday. Whitaker was recently arrested in Ohio and was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on Thursday, where she continues to be held on a total of $50,000 bond.