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Communists and fascists
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Barton Carter's letter "Benson was right" (Forum, Dec. 31) diminished the importance of the civil rights struggle. The civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s was a nonviolent effort born out of the desire that all men should be free. It was a movement that was sustained by God in the Book of Mormon (see 2 Nephi 26). To the notion that some communists supported this movement, I say: "So what? They just happened to be on the right side of the issue."

It is well-documented that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a vendetta against Martin Luther King Jr., and we know now that Hoover and FBI were not always right.

It has also been said by some that if one supported better treatment for American Indians one must be a commie. Most people dismiss such ludicrous allegations.

There was no subverting the civil rights struggle, by communists or right-wing fascists.

Joe Hinich

Salt Lake City

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