Web Letters | The Nation

From the Archive: A Bold Design for a New South

Call out the haters

If Martin Luther King is looking down from heaven today, I'm sure he is smiling that a black man is president of the United States. However, when he reads the thousands of daily posts on American media sites, hears commentators on the radio and television questioning the president’s real place of birth, questioning his right to command our troops, calling him unpatriotic, questioning his allegiance to America and accusing him of trying to destroy America, and if he also reads the vile, poisonous racism directed at the first lady on a daily basis, then I’m certain there must be tears falling from his eyes.

On this day, and on all days, we must call out the haters, those cowards who post despicable racist comments on the Internet and hide behind screen names, who are no different from the cowards who wore sheets and called themselves the Klu Klux Klan. Unless we stand united and call out the haters and fight bigotry, racism and hatred with every ounce of energy we have, then Martin’s dream will never be realized.

Mark Jeffery Koch

Cherry Hill, NJ

Jan 16 2012 - 4:53pm