Regarding the Feb. 15 news article “ NAACP-led march returns to Capitol”: Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Raleigh to walk to the Capitol. As the Rev. William Barber wrote in his Feb. 13 Point of View “ A fight for justice on scale of Selma,” this march was “more than a moment, but a sustained movement in the pursuit of justice for all.”
It was an inspirational protest. Indeed, it is the moral obligation of all elected officials to welcome and listen to the voices of all North Carolinians and to respond to their concerns and needs.
Also on Feb. 13, The N&O reprinted the editorial “ A pointless exercise” from the Lenoir News-Topic right next to Barber’s comments. Strangely, this editorial ridiculed the marchers’ “pointless” and “constant protests and complaints” that, although repeated, only produce negative results. The editorial implied that such protests are acts of “insanity.”
What an inappropriate, insensitive and tactless attitude. Have not countless proposals, presented again and again, also achieved positive resolutions? Of course. For example, between 1967 and 1986, Sen. William Proxmire, favoring the ratification of the Genocide Convention, delivered 3,211 speeches in the U.S. Senate before the Senate finally approved it. Proxmire never gave up. Neither will those who march and speak for justice.
Hans M. Wuerth