A New Jersey Reader Says There`s Hope—A Former NAACP Director Supports Freedom of Speech!
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November 18, 2008, 04:00 AM
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11/17/08 - A Suffolk County N.Y. Resident Is Outraged By The New York Times` Editorial Attack On Steve Levy—And On Us

From: Lou Ward (e-mail him)

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 against Suffolk 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 important points: 

  • "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 rhetoric."
  •  "There is 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." [VDARE.COM note: 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.`"
  •  "Having an opinion about immigration different from mine doesn`t make anyone a racist—especially and even if they are urging a vigorous crackdown on illegal immigration." [Don`t 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.

Ward is a credit analyst at a major New York-based financial institution that was, until recently, held in high regard.