2016-09-23 / Letters

Letter writer needs to look at a dictionary

To the editor:

Abraham Lincoln is quoted as stating: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Too bad Mr. Joe Trevino didn’t hearken to this admonition before penning his letter published in last week’s Sentry, equating the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan.

Black Lives Matter seeks redress for the endemic racism that currently pervades our society, whereas the KKK seeks only to advance white supremacy over all others. The former came about after the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, while the latter applauded that turn of events. Black Lives Matter is a peaceful organization, attempting to bring about awareness of how many black lives are deprived of basic human rights and dignity, while the KKK furthers those ends, mostly through violent means.

I have some advice I’d like to offer Mr. Trevino, and that is for him to consult a dictionary once in a while, in order that he might better employ the terms he bandied about in his letter to the editor.

Racism: The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

Liberal: Open to new behavior or opinions, and willing to discard traditional values.

Eeeeyup, I’m a liberal. There’s one thing Mr. Trevino actually got right.

William Duffy-Dufris South Portland

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