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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 03, 2011 7:10 AM

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Distasteful mockery of freedom in the Ledge

I generally enjoy reading the Ledge and its amusing brand of off-beat, politically incorrect humor.

However, Tuesday’s edition, “Today is National Freedom Day,” took that incorrectness to a new, disturbing level. To insinuate that the United States has too many holidays is innocuous enough, but to demean the remembrance of the day that the 13th Amendment (you know, the one that outlawed slavery) was signed on the first day of African American History Month smacks of the worst kind of ignorant racism.

I am going to be generous enough to assume that your writer and editor did not think about the historical nature of either the day or the holiday. That, however, does not excuse your ignorance, your tastelessness, or your thoughtlessness. I assume an apology will be forthcoming.

Genevieve Anglin
UI staff


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