It is said that Mark Twain wrote, “When I was 14, my father was so ignorant that I could hardly stand to have the man around. But when I got to 21, I was astonished as to how much the man had learned in 7 years.” Hopefully, this will better apply to Mr. Albanese in his four years at Georgetown.

In April 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in Memphis supporting the establishment of a union for black municipal sanitation workers. These workers had been systematically discriminated against by the white mayor and the white city council. The black workers wanted equal wages, equal benefits and equal working conditions. In the course of the demonstrations, thousands marched, hundreds were arrested and one black man died — merely for the establishment of a public service union.

On the night before he died, Dr. King spoke about worker rights and living wages. He once said, “That is why the labor-hater and the labor-baiter is virtually a twin-headed creature spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth.

In all fairness to Mr. Albanese, I have been educated by the Jesuits for 10 years. I have benefited from such an education. Hopefully Mr. Albanese will also, and maybe his concentration will be on human dignity and social justice.

Jeffrey R. Blanche (College ’72, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ’76)

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