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Letter to the editor: Don't indict all 'Irish Travellers'

Irish Travellers are an ethnic minority and charges against two should not indict the entire group.

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In an article written by Mikkel Pates entitled, “ND AG issues cease-and-desist on widespread 'Irish Traveller' construction scams,” the journalist uses ethnicity not only to convict the accused but also to endorse discrimination and racism. He begins his indictment of Sean Patrick Gorman and Bartley Gorman Jr. by telling the reader that these individuals are Irish Travellers, why? Irish Travellers are an internationally recognized ethnic minority, not a "group" or "white gypsies."

The accused are Irish American Travellers and originated from White Settlement, Texas. This rebuttal is not in support of the accused or the wrongs they may or may not have done. However, I do object to the State of North Dakota's decision to employ racism in their effort to prove guilt. This decision proves beyond doubt that in America, an individual is innocent until proven guilty unless he is a member of an ethnic minority. Is it also acceptable to the people of North Dakota for their state law enforcement representatives to exercise bigotry and intolerance against a defendant solely based on ethnicity? Racism is repulsive and an act against humanity. How can anyone condone the use of such ugliness?.

Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota Attorney General, in his attempt to establish guilt, indicts not the individual but all Irish American Travellers irrespective of age or gender. Matt Hiatt of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Aron Matties, a McLean County detective, openly and unashamedly used racial slurs in blatant defiance of the accused civil rights. Racialism willfully printed on the pages of newspapers and magazines to disparage minorities, pushing them to the fringes of society.

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a rebuttal Carroll sent regarding coverage of this case. He intends to publish a longer version at his website: https://mikejcarrollauthor.wixsite.com/irishtravellers . Carroll is an Irish Traveller from South Carolina.

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