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Letter to the editor: As a typical white guy, my sentiments will get me written off as a bigot

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013 12:01 am
I’m finding it very easy to identify with Kevin Leininger as one who was brought up to treat others as you would have them treat you, and to reject the kind of propaganda that “seeks to shape the future by misrepresenting the past” (“Inconsistencies are keeping King’s vision elusive,” News-Sentinel, Aug. 27). I’m a “typical” white guy. I notice gender, but I don’t pay much attention to national origins or skin color unless it is thrown in my face in the form of lies, demands or threats.

Some of the blacks who aspire to civil rights leadership say it’s all about race. What they mean is that it’s all about entitlement to reparations, justification for criminal activity, a mythic substitute for common truth and ordinary accuracy, and, of course, personal authority and power.

If I were a leader of a historically black church or mosque, I could get away with hatred, bigotry and profanity. Not only would my wayward sentiments get printed, but I would also be applauded for my prophetic courage in speaking the truth to power.

But sinc

e I am just a typical white guy, I get written off as a bigot.

If I am bigoted against loud-mouthed, obnoxious and potentially dangerous lowlifes who are white, no one calls me a racist. But when I am bigoted against loud-mouthed, obnoxious and potentially dangerous black lowlifes, I am accused of racism. That’s ridiculous, of course.

I do not criticize and avoid people because of their color.

Kevin Leininger does well to point out that the character espoused by MLK is disappearing in today’s “gray mush.” This is why “50 years after King showed us the way, race continues to divide America.”

John Ribar

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