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Readers write about "the race card," enhanced interrogation techniques, a shorter voting season, and outsourcing defense.

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Hold accountable those responsible for racism

Regarding Richard Ford's March 6 Opinion piece, "Stop playing the race card": I believe Professor Ford is correct when he states that "The challenge for the civil rights movement in the 21st century will be to foster a constructive discussion of the real but often mundane racial inequities that confront many people every day – without being distracted by dramatic but trivial scandals."

I disagree, however, with his next statement – "Let's forget about Don Imus's offensive remark about the Rutgers' women's basketball team..." As the father of an extremely intelligent and beautiful 25-year-old black woman, I found Mr. Ford's willingness to excuse Mr. Imus's remark offensive and lacking an understanding of the manner in which black women have been portrayed and used by society at large (including by many in the black community). Imus's remarks were an ethnic slur and required a thoughtful but forceful response.

Holding Imus accountable for what he said is not playing the race card. We also need to hold accountable those segments of the black community (e.g., hip-hop artists) that engage in insulting remarks about black Americans, especially black women.

Elton E. Smith

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