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Kellar is no racist

Posted: February 6, 2010 9:57 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 
I know racism.  

As a 12-year-old kid in Maryland, I was beat up by two white kids who called me a half-n____r and stuffed me in a school locker.

As a teenager, I went to tennis camp at University of Virginia where a cross was burned in front of my dorm and I huddled in a room with the other minorities at the camp.  

As a dental resident, I attended a wedding in the suburbs of Detroit and had the police escort me out of town because my kind didn’t belong in those parts.

So believe me when I tell you that Bob Kellar is not a racist. I am a dentist in town and I am on the board of directors for the Foundation for Childrens Dental Health.  

Kellar is well aware of the fact that a large majority of the population we serve are illegal immigrants. Yet he is one of our largest benefactors. Not only does he contribute financially, but he opens his home to us and hosts our annual fundraiser.  

Ironically, the theme for our annual event is a Mexican fiesta. This year we raised more than $15,000 at our event at the Kellars’ home. Would a racist allow such activities to occur at his home for an organization like ours?

I do not agree with many of the views that Kellar holds. In fact, we could not be more opposite from a political perspective.  

However, while Kellar’s remarks in front of the Minutemen organization may have been foolish, they do not reflect the man that I know.

If actions speak louder than words, then Kellar should be granted some leniency. His actions have helped immigrant children receive dental care who otherwise would have suffered in pain.

I do not support Kellar’s actions or political opinions, but I support Kellar the man.

He is not a racist.


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