Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Now that Martin Luther King Jr has been elevated to the pantheon of national heroes, there is a gradual erosion of the understanding of the basic ideas he stood for. On the Mike Douglas show on ABC from Philadelphia, King spoke - I heard it in 1967 - against "the superfluous wealth of the middle class." How blithely the present administration pays him lip service, while ignoring the substance of his message.

There is also the remaining disparity of Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans vis-a-vis the prevailing Aryan hegemony. Yet by 2O5O these minorities will be a majority of the U.S. population.

Let us acknowledge that Martin King was a great leader by listening to him, and practicing non-violence, equality, and economic modesty. Is the Iraq War not the opposite?

Richard Kovac

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