Redirect conversation on race

 

It’s amazing that Sarah Palin, after quoting Martin Luther King recently, adding that there should be no more “playing of the race card,” has produced such a lecture by Leonard Pitts against conservatives daring to embrace King ( Silence about what matters is not golden, Jan. 26).

I don’t understand it. If he believes that conservatives are belatedly embracing King’s struggle, why isn’t he jumping with joy? Why the disparagement?

If black men are arrested more often for drug crimes, I can’t believe he’s suggesting it’s only because they’re black as opposed to the chance that they committed the offense. Where is the conversation about why such a disproportionate number of black men end up in gangs and dealing drugs? If they’re in gangs and involved with drugs, the one guarantee is that they’re not in school and not gaining life skills or work experience.

So if Palin is saying enough with the race card, maybe she’s asking for a redirection of some of our political conversations. Maybe the next time a conservative stresses family values they won’t be dismissed as extreme.

Jeannette Graham, Coral Gables

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