Saturday, September 23, 2006
What was the reasoning behind your story on lawn jockeys ["In a Simple Lawn Ornament, Echoes of Slavery, Revolution," front page, Sept. 17]? It had no educational value whatsoever. It was juvenile and served only to perpetuate and celebrate the racial divisions inherent in this community and nation.
The simplicity of the article furthered the mythology of the majority -- including the white people in the story -- that their enjoyment and use of offensive statements and artifacts amounts to harmless fun not meant to disparage anyone.
I guess you are doing what an establishment paper does, and that is to keep the majority feeling superior to the minority.
-- Arch L. Arrington Jr.