Martin Luther King not honored |

Martin Luther King not honored

On Martin Luther King Day, we were aware of both national equality and the continuity of our national intolerances – Christians for Catholics, whites for nonwhites, corporations for private citizens and all variations on differences passed down in family gatherings.

Our history and constitution tell us we are a secular nation but the evangelistic Christians claim their divine leadership is guiding our nation. Our leaders claim it, too. How can we celebrate the rejection of intolerance when most of the nation still rejects the great Dr. King, whose life best symbolizes the Citizen Hero we are asked to become? There’s not a lot of wiggle room here.

Today the Republican Central Committee is purging our county of our highest educator, Sierra College President Kevin Ramirez, over alleged inadequate cafeteria options, something the board of trustees contracts out. The reality is, he is not white enough for us hill folk.

In today’s world, Dr. King would be a suspected terrorist instead of a great American, and many see Martin Luther King Day as a big sham, an entitlement for the colored folk, while both rejecting the man and accepting the paid holiday.

Buck Stoval

Grass Valley

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