Jeff Poor’s disappointing “Ferguson Isn’t Comparable to 1960s Civil Rights Struggles” column (Sept. 3, 2014) is a forty-nine-year intellectual set back: little of significance happened there he says. Rather than dig deeply into current race relations problems he channels Anderson Cooper, shoots the messenger, and sums Ferguson up as a media event. 

Juxtapose Poor’s poor analysis with Nicholas Kristof’s meaningful op-ed in the New York Times: “When Whites Just Don’t Get It: After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less.” (Aug. 31, 2014 – see this letter online for a link.) 

Perhaps Poor doesn’t get it because Mobile doesn’t get it. The New York Times has no home delivery in Midtown. You can’t even get it at Starbucks. Wider reading (and deeper thinking) might make Mobile more magnificent.
Richard Gentry