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Letter: Newspaper shouldn’t print offensive letters

August 24. 2013 11:07AM
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As a baseball fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the historical article highlighting African-American baseball teams from the past and their significance on our grand old game.However, I was instantly appalled by reader Bob Jennings' letter to the editor (Saturday) and his reference to the pronunciation of African-American names. Clearly, Jennings was making a bigoted comparison of African-American names from the past with today's modern society.Researchers at the University of Chicago and MIT released a study involving 5,000 fake résumés. ??Caucasian-sounding? names were called back 10 percent of the time compared to 6.7 percent of ??black-sounding? names. This racial inequality still exists clearly in our society.We may be the land of the free, but some bigoted people will judge you by the name given you at birth.I asked my 14-year-old son to read Jennings' letter. Without delay, he provided me the same surprised look at the obvious reference.To The Lima News: please award yourself a thorn this week for perpetuating bigotry in our society.

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