Name on a sign is not making anyone racist

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Here is a thought that has probably never been printed in the Auburn Journal: Ever since spending time in Egypt 15 years ago I have come to the firmly held belief that blacks are, in many ways, superior to whites. Ancient Egyptians, before mixing with their Arab neighbors, were most certainly black African. Their architecture and construction methods, their tough, but enduring form of government, lasting over 2,000 years, their use of copper plumbing 4,000 years ago and their combining copper and tin to form the beginning of the bronze age all give merit to my belief. So, Journal editors, you can deduce what I think of William Shockley’s air-headed racial views. Why are we even concerned about a misguided racist name on a park? I do not believe that his name on a sign, that will within a decade or two be so weed-encrusted or might even fall over and totally disappear from sight, means much at all. What do you people fear? Will some prepubescent teenager (if any are left) discover the sign, then research who Shockley was and then become a raging racist. I doubt it! The world needs more green space, not less. I don’t care who, within limits, endows it. I thought that Gordon Ainsleigh’s line of reasoning before the ARD board and in the pages of the Journal was well thought out and respectfully presented. Jack Hertel Auburn