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Raps generalizations about blacks

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We should have pity and strive to educate Eric Dalton (letter, Feb. 21) and others like him who have been brainwashed by the media's flood of negative images of African-Americans and other minorities.

Mr. Dalton is correct in denouncing acts of murder, assault, rape, illegal possession of weapons and other crimes. However, he is clearly wrong and patently racist to list a number of criminal charges and allegations made against a few African-American personalities and then ascribe these characteristics to all African-Americans.

We all should take a few moments to reflect on the positive contributions and honorable lives led by the majority of African-


We can find criminal and negative behaviors in individuals from all groups of people. Conversely, among all groups we can find good works and positive behaviors. Mr. Dalton and others forget that the media's focus is not on the positive contributions of minorities and women, but on news events that sell. Unfortunately, negative is what sells in today's society.

Unlike Mr. Dalton, I am not naive enough to believe the image of African-Americans created by the media is an accurate one. A truer, more positive image can be found in my own mirror and the mirrors of most African Americans. In my mirror I see a man of God, a husband, a father, a soldier, an American citizen and a black man. What do you see in the mirror?

Laurence M. Mixon, Fort Gordon

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