On May 20, the Salt Lake Tribune published an opinion-editorial, “South Carolina has something to teach us about vouchers”, by Paul T. Mero, president of Sutherland Institute. In the op-ed, which was an excerpt from an essay, Defending “Systems” and Freeing Slaves, Mero addressed the debate over school vouchers and its parallels between the coercive system of slavery and Utah’s inflexible system of public schools. This topic prompted several people to respond to the Salt Lake Tribune and of those published (six letters to the editor and two full-length opinion-editorials), all were in disagreement with Mero. Saying there wasn’t enough print space, the Tribune’s editorial board decided they were not going to run the following response by Pastor Richard L. Davis, president of Clergy for Educational Options, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of African-American and other minority families to access all educational and economical options.
In the spirit of open dialogue, Sutherland prints Pastor Davis’ letter to the editor in full: