Letter To The Editor: Response To Insensitive Comments About Turkish People

By ISRAEL OWENS
Los Alamos

I’m writing in response to Gerald’s (Antos) letter about refugees where he takes the liberty to meander off the main topic and make insensitive comments about Turkish people.

In his letter, he draws from his personal experience to more or less insinuate that Turks are religious fanatics looking for handouts, and act irrationally when they don’t get what they want. This is very unfortunate since the topic was about the plight of refugees and not Turkish people.

The last time I checked, there were refugees looking to settle in Turkey, and not the other way around. His comments serve to demonstrate how ignorance and discrimination are often welded together.

My wife is Turkish. I have many Turkish relatives, and friends. I’ve traveled all over Turkey and visited places ranging from large cities such as Istanbul to small rural villages near the Black Sea Coast. All of the Turks that I’ve met have been kind, peaceful, respectful, friendly, and extremely rational in the worst of situations. They would never accept a handout, and are always willing to give the shirt off their back to help someone in need.

 

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