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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and J.E. McReynolds Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013

Here’s how not to honor Martin Luther King Jr. or the National Day of Service associated with the annual King holiday: politicize it.

This is exactly what local King day organizer Roosevelt Milton did. Barack Obama’s re-election, Milton said, is good news that’s overshadowed by voter ID laws that amount to “suppression of voting rights.” If the rights of minority votes were suppressed, how did America’s first black president get elected not once but twice?

Milton also complains about the choice of Oklahomans last November to outlaw some forms of reverse discrimination. Not mentioned are the real problems facing minorities today, including a breakdown of social structure and a disintegration of jobs in the Obama economy.

King dreamed big dreams and looked forward. Some of his devotees are sleep-walking and stuck in the 1960s.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by J.E. McReynolds
Opinion Editor
J.E. McReynolds is Opinion editor at The Oklahoman and has worked for the newspaper’s Opinion section since 1995. He joined The Oklahoman as business editor in 1985 and was previously managing editor of The Journal Record. A native Oklahoman,...
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