Douglaston: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used to be my fourth favorite Canadian, behind Keanu Reeves, Celine Dion and Margaret Atwood. Seeing Trudeau in blackface was more painful than when my old high-school crush shared a racist meme on Facebook. It kills the part of your innocence that makes you sad and angry that you let yourself fall in love in the first place. I let my guard down and added Trudeau to the list of white people who weren’t racist, and I was wrong.
Accusations that Trudeau was the vapid, entitled son of a former prime minister were always neutralized by his reputation for conviviality and kindness. Just google images of Trudeau welcoming a Syrian girl in her new blue coat.
Trudeau’s kindness was on the decline when he bullied Canada’s first First Nations Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould over the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal. Her departure was followed by black Member of Parliament Celina Caesar-Chavannes leaving the Liberal Party caucus in March. Women of color are like the canary in the coal mine. When they’re gone it means you’re in trouble.
I am scared for North America if Andrew Scheer becomes the next prime minister. The Canadian Conservative Party has no plans to fight racism. Kindness was Trudeau’s ace. It guaranteed him a win. Now, everything he does is seen as calculated and insincere. In politics, as in life, the real enemy is apathy not hate. These images might not be enough for some people to hate Trudeau but they are definitely enough for people to stop caring. And they will probably be enough for some liberal and independent voters to stay home and hand the victory to Scheer on Oct. 21. Jenna Chrisphonte, former foreign policy and diplomatic services officer at Global Affairs Canada
Staten Island: To those two geniuses, Voicer John Lemandri and Vin Morabito, regarding their respective opinions belittling the black American experience: Neither an unconfirmed entity (Martian), a clown (Ronald McDonald), nor Donald Trump were ever enslaved, demeaned, denigrated, lynched or discriminated against for centuries based on the color of their skin by certain nations and you know it. For you two to go down that road in an attempt to mock a serious matter only shows just what your true colors are. Reggie Amis
North Babylon, L.I.: Voicer Greg Gartland just doesn’t get it. The point is to get the fossil fuel out of transportation. Trucks can go electric, even semis. Just ask Anheuser-Busch. All-electric cargo ships are being developed in Europe and China. Admittedly planes are a problem, but that’s what carbon offsets are for. Alexa Marinos
Astoria: Last night I had a dream: John Muir, Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau were saluting and cheering on Greta Thunberg. And the children shall lead them! Karen N. Pearlman
Saddle Brook, N.J.: Greta Thunberg is not some crazy mentally ill teen, as Fox News calls her. This brave young woman is the Joan of Arc of the modern age. She has successfully led a worldwide crusade against climate change and it is obvious she will not back down. To quote Shakespeare, ”She is little but fierce.” All leaders across the world, especially our own, should learn from her and do whatever it takes to save our abused planet. She is this environmental issues professor’s hero. Liz Roberts
Port Jefferson Station, L.I.: The insane mantra of climate change is nothing but a cult started by lefty lunatics. Its all about brainwashing and mind control. All that has to happen is for the lefty loons to cook up some Kool-Aid and have these people drink it just like Jim Jones did in Jonestown. Liberals will do and say anything for power. That’s how despicable and evil they are. I’m praying each and everyday for this nightmare to end. Grace Fornatora
Greenwood Lake, N.Y.: Re “Kids shame adult leaders” (Sept. 21): I wonder how many of these students would have showed up if this rally was on a Saturday or Sunday instead of a school day. Joe Fioramonti Sr.
Bronx: Re Voicer Carolyn Pokorny’s letter: One would think, Ms. Pokorny, as a staffer for a “former attorney general of the United States Department of Justice,” you would know that the United States is not a democracy but rather a democratic republic (or at least that is what was intended when our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, and, yes, there is a difference). I find it interesting that you didn’t indicate in your letter under whom you worked while at the Department of Justice — Loretta Lynch, and by extension President Obama. Were you concerned such a revelation might get you labeled a Democratic Party partisan hack and a President Trump hater, and thus eviscerate the substance of your letter? As I’m sure you are aware, a lie of omission is still a lie. Michael A. Chmieloski
Sunnyside: It was a big mistake for Voicer David Cruz to compare the racist murder of Emmett Till to the tragic, unintentional death of Eric Garner. Till was murdered by a group of racist white men after a racist white woman made a false accusation that he made a sexual advance towards her. The murderers were acquitted by a jury composed of racist white men who refused to give justice to Till and his family. In the tragic case of Garner, a police officer was trying to conduct a lawful arrest that would have ended peacefully if Mr. Garner hadn’t resisted. Perhaps better training for Officer Daniel Pantaleo could have also prevented that tragedy. However, it would be more accurate for Cruz to compare the brutal murder of Till to equally racist acts like the murders of Walter Scott, James Byrd Jr., Trayvon Martin, Willie Turks, Yusuf Hawkins, Michael Griffith and the nine innocent black people murdered in the church in Charleston, S.C. John Francis Fox
Howard Beach: Voicer John MacKinnon asks me whether Howard Beach is payback for diversity. Respectfully, allow me to clarify my view on diversity: It’s a good thing and, as a matter of fact, it’s thriving in Howard Beach. However, diversity for diversity’s sake may not always be the fair path in different situations. Ernest Kienzle
Bronx: I’m happy to see the mayor back home in New York. Now he can get back to what he was doing before he launched his presidential campaign: absolutely nothing. Mike Memphis
Brookfield, Conn.: To Voicer Jimmy Layton, who says Trump “is perfect for the role of clueless idiot": He won’t even consider it as long as you’re doing so well in the role. Fred Schoeneborn