To The Editor:

Sometimes I feel as though I am living in a parallel universe.

Since the inauguration, each week political commentators state that the current week was the administration’s worst week yet. Inevitably, the next week’s inexcusable actions, or lack of appropriate responses, supersede the previous week’s lack of appropriate leadership.

Last week’s violence and demonstrations by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., was beyond disturbing. Additionally disturbing was the lack of an appropriately strong response from the White House. There’s no doubt that the president’s comments in the run up to the election and his unwillingness to condemn these hate groups for what they undeniably are have emboldened these fringe elements.

Washington Post writer Catherine Rampell in a column published on Sunday wrote that Republican lawmakers in North Dakota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, and Rhode Island have proposed bills designed to protect drivers who strike protesters. What has happened that makes so-called leaders think that they can promote such nonsense?

Our world is a mix of races and cultures. In grade school, I was taught by the Notre Dame nuns that all people are created equal. On June 11, 1963, President John F. Kennedy in a speech, stated, “This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

We need our current president to speak as strongly.

If we are not vigilant and do not start standing up for the rights of all people, we will lose many of the freedoms that so many individuals valiantly fought for throughout our nation’s history.