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Stop using MLK defense

Stop using MLK defense

To the Editor:

Heather Hyatt Packer would have Haywood County’s School superintendent resign for posting a meme on his Facebook page she views as “racially insensitive.”

To support her opinion that Dr. Bill Nolte is undeserving of the post he apparently otherwise successfully holds, she summons forth the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

King said many things in his quest for civil rights, Ms. Packer, including (if memory serves): “I have a dream that one day my children will be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.”

Following that speech and for the last 50-odd years (thanks to Affirmative Action and equal opportunity practices) countless American citizens have been judged and deemed worthy solely on their gender or the color of their skin, up to and including how the next vice presidential candidate for the Democratic Party will be chosen.

So please, Ms. Packer, stop using the MLK defense.

David L. Snell


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