67-Year-Old Woman Takes No Prisoners In Letter To Paper About White Supremacists

"All Americans stand shoulder to shoulder against your hatred and bigotry."

With all the talk about the end of DACA, mounting tension with North Korea, and the approach of Hurricane Irma, much of the national conversation has shifted away from race relations in this country. However, one woman's letter to her local paper is asking a question of white supremacists millions of Americans want answered in the wake of last month's deadly clash in Charlottesville, Virginia: "What is wrong with you?"

The straightforward quandary was part of a more in-depth letter Jonna Ramey, a sculptor based in Salt Lake City, sent to The Salt Lake Tribune last month. According to HuffPost, the paper ran her missive under the headline "Letter of the week: What is wrong with you, white supremacists?" on August 20, and published it online on August 26.

Ramey begins the letter, which has also been making the rounds on social media, by identifying herself as a "67-year-old American white woman." She goes onto explain her parents fought fascism in WWII, adding, "They did not fight so that some white people could claim supremacy or that Nazis could openly walk the streets of America."


"White person to white supremacist person: What is wrong with you?" she asks.

Though Ramey never mentions the events of Charlottesville or the death of Heather Heyer at the hands of white supremacists directly, she told the Washington Post that fatal Unite the Right rally served as the impetus for her to put pen to paper and share her thoughts. "I was furious, and felt like as a white person, I had to speak out about white bigotry. It was important, I thought, for a white person to say something," she explained. "I had to take a stand and say, 'They do not represent me; they do not represent the bulk of America.'"

And that exact point is something Ramey hits on later in her letter.

Calling those who align with fascism and the Confederacy "profound losers," Ramey writes, "People of European heritage are doing just fine in the world. They run most of the world's institutions, hold much of the world's wealth, replicate as frequently as other humans. You're not in any danger here. The world is changing, that's true. Others want a piece of the pie. They work for it, strive for it and earn it."

"Technology (robotics) is having a greater effect on your job prospects than immigrants," she adds. "Put down your Tiki torches and trite flags and get involved in some real work."

Ramey concludes her powerful missive by declaring she will "not stand idly by nor give up my rights or the rights of other Americans because you think you are better than some of us." 

"It doesn't work that way," she continues. "All Americans stand shoulder to shoulder against your hatred and bigotry."

In recent months, many Americans have used local papers to voice their dissatisfaction with a wide range of issues concerning the nation. Back in May, a Massachusetts seventh grader wrote a near-perfect letter to his local paper in response to an earlier missive from an adult who criticized 'Hate Has No Home Here" yard signs, and later that month a retired teacher from Iowa penned a powerful response to her Congressman after he made a cringe-worthy remark about healthcare during a town hall.

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