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A Suffolk County N.Y. Resident Is Outraged By The New York Times' Editorial Attack On Steve Levy—And On Us
Lou Ward (e-mail
Re: Today's Letter: A
Suffolk County New York Resident Is Outraged By the New
York Times Editorial Attack On Steve Levy—And Us
Here shines a ray of hope—and
from an unlikely source!
In his column criticizing the attacks
County executive Steve
Levy and other immigration reform patriots regarding
Marcelo Lucero's murder,
Michael Meyers, executive director of the New York
Civil Rights Coalition (e-mail)
and a former assistant director of the
NAACP,, made these
"It makes zero sense to blame a man's slaying on
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy's hard
line stance against illegal immigration, as some
immigrant advocates have done. That is sheer racial
no need for
Hispanics Across America—as it stampedes the
suspects' Constitutional rights to
due process of law
and the presumption of
innocence—to scapegoat those who were not
anywhere near the scene of the crime."
Hispanics Across America, an
ethnic identity organization, in addition to
fingering Levy also plans to sue the suspects'
parents for teaching them "hate."]
"We don't expect in our
Constitutional framework anyone to hide his or
her 'offensive views.'"
opinion about immigration different from mine
doesn't make anyone a racist—especially and even if
they are urging a vigorous crackdown on illegal
Rush to Judgment,
by Michael Meyers, Newsday, November 16, 2008
I congratulate Meyers for his plain
talk. What should be obvious and common sense in matters
regarding free speech is too often muted these days.
is a credit analyst at a major New York-based financial
institution that was, until recently, held in high