To the Editor,
An opinion is like a mouth, everyone has one. That is how I feel about Eric Locklear and his letters to the editor regarding the Lumbee Tribal Government. His thoughts and opinions are truly that of his own. If the members of the Lumbee Tribe actually believed everything he said he would have won the election last year for the Lumbee Tribal Council and he would be sitting on there now.
I can see where some of his thoughts and suggestions are coming from, but others are so far out in left field that not even a catcher in a baseball game could catch them.
The Lumbee Tribal Government is trying so hard to get federal recognition and around the world they read letters and lawsuits filed by Locklear which make many think this is a pack of fools running this Lumbee Tribe and they do not deserve federal recognition. But, we have to remember, this is the same man who claimed be the chairman of the board of directors of North Carolina Indian Cultural Center, too — at a Lumbee Tribal Council meeting no less.
Something is missing here. Is this about him getting a job? Is it about personal gain because he can’t get what he wants? I mean, the people at the polls spoke loud and clear they didn’t want him in a position with the Lumbee Tribal Council.
I hope your readers will not be mistaken, thinking that he speaks for people like me. I do have some intelligence, I do believe in civil and human rights. I think everyone should be judged by the quality of their character and not the color of their skin.
Well, if the Lumbees have to have a Billy Jack or a rebel, then Locklear is truly that person for the Lumbee tribe. But even I don’t take him seriously.
Vinita “Cookie” Maynor Clark