Following is the text of a letter to the editor, as published in the July 12 edition of Roll Call, a twice-a-week newspaper in Washington:To the Editor:
All my life I have felt a Divine Responsibility to devote my life to the task of leading the Black Race to its rightful position among men. For the last year, I have been working in the US Senate, studying our domestic problems, especially the Black Race Urban Crisis.
My Divine Responsibility requires me to speak about what is wrong in Washington, D.C., in 1990. I have recently read every chapter of the Holy Bible. The Book of Hosea describes exactly what is wrong in Washington:
``There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away ... '
Our young men are killing each other because that is what our leaders are telling them to do. Our civil servants are robbing the treasures because that is what our leaders are telling them to do.
The two most important things to happen in Washington in the last year are the Rayful Edmund and Marion Barry trials. Rayful Edmund was portrayed as a Drug Kingpin running one of the biggest businesses in Washington, yet no warehouse or money was found.
Come on! Who's fooling who? I checked out every foot of Edmund's territory and talked to scores of people. Edmund and his associates were simply a group of youngsters who fell through the cracks of a debased system and held on to whatever they could for as long as they could, knowing a bottomless pit lay below.
The significance of Mayor Barry's trial has little to do with Mayor Barry. It has to do with the leaders who have spoken the loudest through their silence. God is going to punish them all for their roles.
What is wrong with Washington, D.C.? Read the book of Hosea. God described it to Hosea and the leaders of Israel in the Old Testament. I recommend that every leader of today take heed.
James H. Meredith
Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC)