To Whom It may Concern,

I am a proud black American man. I am also an Elvis fan. The allegations that Elvis was a racist is the most insane, ignorant statement I have heard in a long time. I believe that the true measure of a man is the sum of his character and nothing else. Look at the life Elvis lived. He donated large sums of money to the NAACP and was a staunch supporter of the Civil Rights struggle we all faced in the 1960's. He wrote socially conscious songs directed specifically at the climate of racism and inequality of the time. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Elvis recorded two powerful songs denouncing racism. 'If I Can Dream' (the closing anthem of Presley's 1968 comeback TV special) was a call for racial unity worthy of Dr. King. 'In The Ghetto' illustrated how poverty and racism lead to a cycle of anguish and tragedy for people in the inner-city. This song touched many of the same social chords as classic R&B hits like Marvin's 'Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),' the Temptations 'Masterpiece' and the Spinners 'Life Ain't Easy For A Ghetto Child.' The fact that Elvis' record was aimed at the pop audience is also significant; unlike the aforementioned R&B hits which were targeted, initially, at black folks (which could be construed as 'preaching to the choir') Elvis' record was aimed at whites -- the audience most in need of the message.

Regardless of any comments Elvis did or did not make in his early days in the 1950's, I think his track record speaks for its self. Maybe Elvis was a racist when he was younger. He would not have been the only one in Mississippi and Tennessee at the time. The whole point is that if he was, he changed..........plain and simple. Isn't that what we are fighting for? Don't we want to change people's attitudes about racism? It seems that if Elvis was a racist and made a radical change in his beliefs, he should be praised for such a bold move during a time when it certainly was not popular to be white and support Civil Rights and the black community.

Sinclere Lee made some very disparaging comments about the life of Elvis. Was it his fault he was born poor and white? No more than it is my fault I was born poor and black! Did the fact that Elvis had a drug problem which eventually killed him make him any different than the so called African-American "role models" today that we are always reading about in the newspaper? What do any of these things have to do with Elvis's attitude toward race? Absolutely nothing! It was nothing more than a personal attack by Sinclere Lee on a dead man who can not defend himself. And with respect to Elvis being illiterate......hah! I think Sinclere Lee needs to proof-read better because in that very article criticizing Elvis, I found a grammatical error! I find that to be quite ironic coming from someone who wants to criticize a person for being illiterate.

Finally, I would suggest you speak to some folks who knew Elvis back in the day such as Little Richard. You will find a whole different picture of the man that Sinclere Lee painted. Wake up! You should be spending more time writing articles that make a difference.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald L. Lerch, PhD.

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You should change the name of this publication to Poor Oppressed Negroes with chips on their shoulders .com. I have never read so much whining and crying in my life. But I guess it should be expected. For years people have been listening to your poor cries of constantly being victims. Every third word in the crap your writers send in is about Racism. Most of you couldnt even provide a strict definition of the word if you tried.

A real gem was the piece written by Sinclere Lee about Southerners defending the Ten Commandments. It was mentioned that the very same courts that want to post the Ten Commandments are the courts responsible for the prison populations being about 70% black males, while blacks only comprise about 12% of the population in general.

You wonder why there is such a disproportionate number of blacks in jail?, well,everybody else is wondering too. I am a Police Sergeant in Atlanta and have worked the street for years and I can tell you its real simple. They are there because they were convicted of crimes, the same reason all the other inmates of every other color are there. And a lot of those black inmates are there because they were arrested by black police officers who were doing the job they are paid to do.

This is no conspiracy by "the White Folks",no conspiracy by the courts. Its a culture crisis. Why dont your esteemed "black leaders" come up with something constructive to lead "your people" away from crime. I know its a lot easier to whine and cry about it,point fingers at other people, fall back on that old catch phrase,"RACISM", after all,everybody is a victim in this country these days. Well,quit looking for the "nigger in the wood pile". There are more blacks in jail because they commit more crimes,its a fact,live with it,or try to do something to correct the problem.

"The Great Santini"

Irish, Native American, and proud of it.

P.S. I did have a black Girlfriend one time and she never spent a day in jail.


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