Column shouldn't have been published on the MLK holiday

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An incendiary column on MLK day

In Richard Holt’s column (Jan. 17), he writes: “Most Americans have moved beyond labels of class and status such as white or Black, rich or poor, Christian or non-Christian. These old, divisive tactics simply aren’t working, and this infuriates the political left because it is dependent upon them for its survival.”

Our country is more divided than ever, and it is not because of the liberal left seizing upon an opportunity. A few examples: We are in the midst of modern-day lynchings (Ahmaud Arbery), voter suppression, Asian-American women brutally assaulted and murdered, Jewish people accused of perpetuating wildfires through space lasers, and Haitians seeking to enter the U.S. chased by Border Patrol agents on horseback with the appearance of whips.

Additionally, Holt denigrates leaders of Black Lives Matter because they live in “glorious houses” and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton because they are paid well for fighting systemic racism. I speculate Holt makes a nice salary and lives in a lovely home, thanks to efforts of the Jesse Jacksons, Al Sharptons and MLKs.

The Desert Sun strives to present opposing views, but couldn’t the paper have printed a less incendiary column on MLK Day?

Shelley Baer, Indio

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Column shouldn't have run on Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

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