In his disjointed op-ed column "Pretend Senator, Pretend State" {July 19}, George Will barely contained his contempt for the inhabitants of the District of Columbia, particularly its majority black members. With artful language and the aura of respectability, he launched into mean-spirited "demagoguery" (to use his word), perhaps even more dangerous than that of the black leaders whom he attacked.

Mr. Will selected the occasion of Jesse Jackson's quest for the shadow senator seat as the vehicle for maligning much of the black community. While that community certainly has its share of problems, his analysis reflected the same, if more subtle, measure of unconstructive "diatribe" many of us find objectionable in extremists like Louis Farrakhan.

When it comes to representative government for the District, the issue is not Louis Farrakhan, Benjamin Hooks or Marion Barry. The issue is not the fun that erudite writers can poke at a "play-acting senator for a make-believe state." The real issue is the suppression of the legitimate aspirations of almost 700,000 people in the District, most of whom happen to be black, by those, like Mr. Will, who are likely to be crusaders for democracy elsewhere. BARBARA E. SOSNICK Washington

As a citizen of the District, I found George Will's July 19 op-ed column quite insulting. Mr. Will seems intent on bolstering his right-wing stance against D.C. statehood with unfounded and insensitive commentary that only fuels the fires of racism (from blacks and whites) that threaten to cripple our city. His mockery of our attempt at basic democracy and equal representation in the Senate is founded on the misguided actions of a couple of D.C. politicians.

Let's hope that future editorial comment will focus on the citizens of the District and the real issue, which is that as federal taxpayers, we are entitled to equal federal representation.

STEVEN REICHERT Washington