Why is it so hard for people to accept that Donald Trump used the N-word and is a racist? He was raised in a home where using this word and discrimination in renting houses was the norm. White people who, as children, were not taught to respect minorities and their rights have a hard time changing when they become adults. Trump says "that word is not in my dictionary." Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman told Jarnal Simmons, "There is no doubt in her mind that President Trump is a racist."

My fraternal grandmother and maternal grandfather raised me as a child in Arkansas during the Great Depression. They were both tolerant of all people and believed strongly in the rights of minorities. We lived in a town that would not allow black people to be in the town after dark and would not let them use white peoples' facilities. My grandfather gave them fruit and let them use his restroom. I was in combat with black people, Native Americans and other races during the Korean War and we fought together.

I hope more people will teach their children to be more tolerant in the future. There seems to be more mixed marriages and more parents, grandparents and great-grandparents baby sitting mixed children. Maybe they, and other members of their families, will help reduce the increasing open racial hatred in the U.S. But evidently we will continue to have people like Curtis Mitchell who believe "Trump is the only hope for America." (Times letter, 8/24/18) Donald Trump and his followers have openly disrespected minorities, and this will continue.

Many politicians are like Donald Trump in their attitude toward minorities. Don’t let them stay in power and encourage hatred and violence against minorities.