After reading Courtland Milloy's article {"Ugly Sounds of Summer," District Weekly, May 31}, I was grateful but disappointed at his approach to the very serious problem of street harassment for women in Washington. I have lived in the District for about nine months and have been disgusted and incensed by the amount of harassment that I receive on the streets.

However, I think that Mr. Milloy is mistaken in characterizing this issue as a black-on-black crime. I have received gross comments from men of various races and class backgrounds. They range from the stereotypical construction worker to drunken frat boys emboldened by their inebriation. Often racial surs accompany these lewd comments. I think that all women suffer from sexual harassment in public. Unfortunately women of color -- not just black women -- often experience more harsh and threatening forms of harassment because of racist sexual myths and lower class standing.

Focusing on the issue in terms of intra-race conflict ignores the fact that this crime is generally accepted in American society as a whole. Pinning the blame exclusively of black men ignores that fact that all men need to be responsible for their behavior in public and their treatment of women. KIM Y. EDMONDS Washington