Lynne Duke's article ''Cultural Shifts Bring Anxiety for White Men'' {front page, Jan. 1} was the most progressive attempt I have seen to view race/sex relations from the position of white males. Even more appropriate was that it concentrated on the workplace, a virtual whirlpool of anxiety these days.

The final statement by Anna Duran, faculty director of the Executive Program in Management and Cultural Diversity at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, that ''the need to unfreeze and reshape attitudes is true for everybody'' has long been echoed by white males who believe strongly in equality and equal opportunity, although not the same version outlined by many government and corporate equal opportunity policies.

The article does a thorough job of highlighting the effects of frustrations experienced by white males, yet does not examine one legitimate cause of the frustration: affirmative action. An in-depth article examining the full impact of affirmative action would be a splendid follow-up. How much has it helped to bring equality to the workplace? How much has it at the same time adversely affected the equal opportunities of white males?

Or would this be too progressive? ANTHONY ABATE Fairfax

As an African American, I find it interesting that when white males are faced with addressing the issue of race on a daily basis, it is considered a phenomenon that warrants a sociological study.

However, on the matter of race, I have been told throughout my life that in order to succeed I should merely "get a grip" and deal with the world as it is -- white-male dominated.

White males need to "get a grip" and understand that this world is ever-changing and that they will simply have to adjust to sharing their long-held power. KATRINA A. KELLEY Silver Spring

Now white men can actually feel and experience what minorities and especially blacks have gone through all along. Perhaps this new awareness will help open doors that have long been closed because of the negative assumptions held by white men against minorities.