MLK: hero for all

01/17/2014 8:23 PM

01/17/2014 8:25 PM

In regards to Grady Fuller’s Monday letter in “All Points” asking whether the celebration of Martin Luther King Day promotes racism, he should consider these words paraphrased from World War II-era Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller:

“First [in Germany] they came for the communists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Anytime the rights of one group of American citizens are denied the rights of all of its citizens are threatened.

Martin Luther King was and is a hero for all Americans, one who should be forever remembered.

— Bill Robinson, Arlington

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