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King Way Vote

November 08, 1987

There is no reason in the world that Martin Luther King Way should have been changed back to Market Street. All the rhetoric about Market Street being traditional etc. was a smoke screen. For me, it is an indication that racism is alive and well in San Diego and America, contrary to the theories of these social scientists.

I have lived in this city all my life and took a certain amount of pride that San Diego had such an important street named after Martin Luther King. The struggle for equality is a difficult and sometimes dangerous endeavor, and King, possibly more than anyone in modern history, exemplified this struggle. It is indeed sad that today his name is no longer part of San Diego.

But King's struggle, which should be the struggle of all of us, is not dead. I, for one, will no longer shop on Market Street. I will avoid those places which I have patronized in the past which are opposed to Martin Luther King Way. For instance, Salazar's restaurant. In this way I'll do my little bit to continue Martin Luther King's struggle to gain equality for all people.

R. NUNEZ

San Diego

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