Why did protesters fail to repeat their July 13, 2020, demonstration outside my home, during which they proclaimed Confederate heritage a heritage of hate? Why didn’t they gather outside my Glenwood Street residence again this year?

Retired pastor David Tryggestad seemed so self-satisfied while showing his homemade Black Lives Matter banner across the street. (Tryggestad wrote a “Local View” column about it, published by the News Tribune on July 29, 2020, headlined, “What’s un-American isn’t always clear.”) If Tryggestad’s act and others like it weren’t Marxist, they failed due diligence and came off as half-cocked and flat-footed.

Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors Alicia Garza are self-proclaimed Marxists. How is Marxist doctrine compatible with a Constitution predicated upon private property? Anyone who believes it un-American to display the Confederate flag must also ask if it is un-American when Black Lives Matter protesters shout, "Death to America," as they did in Oakland last August.

President Harry S. Truman apparently did not think Confederate flag displays were un-American. He signed the Millard Tydings Bill in 1948, which opened the door for the official display of Confederate symbols in the U.S. military.

Former Duluth talk-radio host Lew Latto's refrain comes to mind, "The less one knows, the more firmly one believes."

Newsletter signup for email alerts

Arthur Germaine Jr.


Readers' View and Local Views

Letters are limited to 300 words, must be the original work of the author and must be exclusive to the News Tribune. Letters are edited for style, space, accuracy and civility.

Letter writers are limited to one published submission every 30 days.

With rare exceptions, the News Tribune does not publish poetry; letters that are anonymous, libelous or attack other writers; consumer-complaint letters; thank-you letters; or letters generated by political or special-interest campaigns.

We will consider exclusive Local View columns of 600 words or fewer. Authors should possess unique insights, and their commentaries should demonstrate greater knowledge of their subject than letters.

Email submissions to: letters@duluthnews.com

Mail to: Readers' Views, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.

Fax to: 218-720-5120.

Include a full name, address and daytime phone number. Only names and hometowns will be published.