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Let’s Debate Virtues, Not Vices

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.S. President Trump gives a speech during South Dakota's U.S. Independence Day Mount Rushmore fireworks celebrations at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, U.S., July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

The New York Times seizes every opportunity to impute racist motives to Donald Trump, even when reacting to positive announcements that shouldn’t be controversial.

After his Independence Day Eve speech at Mt. Rushmore, one Times headline read: PRESIDENT ORDERS NATIONAL GARDEN OF HEROES, WITH LIST MOSTLY OF WHITE MEN. Actually, Trump went out of his way to feature females and people of color, who comprised 12 names on his 30-person list.

That’s 40%—from Colonial flag-maker Betsy Ross, to Dr. King, to the ill-fated teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe. No honest history of America would devote MORE than 40% of its space to female and black leaders; for our first 200 years, white males, for better or worse, dominated every field of endeavor.

Arguments over the “Garden of Heroes” bring one welcome feature: focusing on the virtues of candidates for new memorials, rather than stressing vices of those whose statues we seek to destroy.

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