We’re bet­ter than this

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

This past Thurs­day, a United Methodist pas­tor flew from Cal­i­for­nia to Lit­tle Rock to speak to over 1,300 youth at Ver­i­tas, an Arkansas Con­fer­ence event held Feb. 24-26. He is a per­sonal friend, a United States ci­ti­zen, and hap­pens to be a Korean Amer­i­can.

His Amer­i­can Air­lines flight from Dal­las was met by se­cu­rity per­son­nel who stood at the end of the jet­way while pas­sen­gers ex­ited, most of whom were Cau­casian. He was the only one asked to pro­vide iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

I am of­fended by what hap­pened to him, em­bar­rassed for Lit­tle Rock, and deeply con­cerned about the grow­ing cli­mate of in­tol­er­ance seem­ingly pro­moted by our gov­ern­ment. We are bet­ter than this. Far bet­ter. It is time we start act­ing like it. GARY MUELLER

Lit­tle Rock

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