Dear Editor:

In the big picture, what is more troubling? A lone person walking their small dog along a country road dressed in infamous Ku Klux Klan garb or funeral service eulogies celebrating the life of Sen. Robert Byrd by then-President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. 

Byrd, a Ku Klux Klan organizer during the 1940s, explained in his book written several years before his death that he viewed the Klan as a useful platform from which to launch his political career in the Democratic Party.

Byrd went on to serve as a U.S. representative from 1953 until ’59 when he began a Senate career that endured until he died in 2010, making his ideological influence the longest in the institution’s history.

In the grand scheme of things, what is more consequential?

A single individual out for a walk openly displaying their racism or the aforementioned eulogizers methodically stoking racial tension and division over the past dozen years so effectively that, according to a recent “Letter to the Editor” in this paper, the authors believe that in the wholesome community of Vilas County black and brown children should fear for their safety and police officers in general are potential violent racists.

All things considered, what is exponentially more alarming?

An isolated incident of a person, whether consciously or unconsciously acting like a fool or one of those eulogizers who has a long documented history of discriminatory decision-making as well as racially charged language and sentiments running as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president of the United States?

God help us.

Frank Gabl

Prospect Heights, Ill.