Reader sees red over comment by Akey

Mr. Akey,

This may seem a silly overreaction to you. But as a leader, I would suggest next time you leave red-heads out of your description of an unwanted child. (Idaho football coach Robb Akey, “He said it,” Aug. 24.)

You are a football coach, you demand toughness and live in a world of male testosterone. You probably can’t comprehend why someone would be upset at your statement, even though you said to take no offense. But children are sensitive and people are sensitive.

I have a red-headed daughter who is a beautiful child, popular with her classmates, and brimming with self-confidence and I can tell you if she heard that comment it would hurt her feelings.

So why make it? Why plant a seed in a child’s mind that she may be unloved because of her hair color? Why plant a seed in a child’s mind that she is more loved than another because of her hair color?

I’m sure it was intended to be a harmless comment, but you are a leader and I would suggest you give more thought to your statements in the future. A little kid doesn’t need to be worried about being unaccepted because of the color of her hair.

Tim Gillam

Kent, Wash.


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