On Jan. 25, the Effingham Daily News published a cartoon by Michael P. Ramirez depicting Martin Luther King giving his "I have a dream" speech, but substituting "color of their SKIN" with "color of their HAT."

I assume his point was that judging people by skin color equates to judging them by their socio-political views. False equivalence is an all-too-common tactic of diversion, and this is a classic example. Let's not talk about racism, but pivot to a nonsensical comparison with no rational relevance.

And if the text of that cartoon wasn't bad enough, look carefully at the caricature of MLK himself. The facial features that were depicted could easily be interpreted as a racial stereotype.

EDN's editoral leadership needs to exercise more sensitivity and discretion when choosing which cartoons to publish, as well as editorials and letters to the editor.

Daniel Warfield


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