Readers’ Views

Both equity and equality needed

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to a “Letter to the Editor” titled: “Misrepresenting MLK Jr.” published on Jan. 25, in the Sentinel. With all due respect to the writer, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did believe in equity and equality.

Here is the difference between equity and equality.

Three children want to watch a parade. Between the children and the parade is a tall fence. They cannot watch the parade, because the fence is too tall and blocks their ability to see the parade.

Equality is giving each child a step ladder, (the same equal size) step ladder. With this ladder, one child is tall enough to use the ladder to see the parade. The other two are too short, even with the use of the ladder. So equality does not necessarily make things equal for all.

Equity means making things so that each child can see the parade, no matter their height. Each child gets a ladder that will ensure that he/she can see the parade.

All of us need help in life. I am sure that the letter writer at birth was taken care of as a child. He did not raise himself. We all need help along the way. We can help each other.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Peter Engstrom



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