I thought it was strange how The Star characterized the appointment of Marcus Dunn to the Anniston City Council. He’s the third current member who happens to be black, but it was still considered a “racial milestone.” Or, is The Star hung up on numbers, like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?
It’s 2012, and we have a black president; it’s not 1961 when he was born. We should be past that sort of thing by now. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said not to judge a man by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. In his 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech, King used the word negro many, many times. That term has changed, just like we should.
Can we agree that the appointment of a well-qualified man, who happens to be black, doesn’t require the inference that “he’s a credit to his race”? I’m sure Mr. Dunn doesn’t regard himself that way. If I’m wrong, he can correct me.