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Letter to the editor: Would King approve?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 12:01 am

We celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by closing post offices, banks and agencies, and decorating the shutdown with a few parades and barbecues. Indeed, America has made progress in Dr. King’s shadow, and he deserves our respect and gratitude.

I do not join in the annual celebrations, too many of which are discriminatory and racist. Any number of Americans are worthy of recognition they didn’t get because they are not black. Further, MLK Day is more and more a showcase of self-segregation and grievance politics.

Nor would Dr. King have approved of blacks who ignore conduct and character and base their prejudices on skin color. He certainly would not have appreciated the current lowlife model of authentic black manhood. He and his predecessors, W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington, were all educated, respectable and productive men. How about that as a role model for all Americans, including blacks? I would celebrate that!

John Ribar