I love the picture of new U.S. citizens reciting the Pledge of Allegiance after completing the full requirements for citizenship (“More than 1,000 become citizens at Turner Field ceremony,” Metro, July 3). That should be in the running for picture of the year recognition. That look of pride, joy and hope in becoming a U.S. citizen is what we should all feel on Independence Day. What a great example they set for us.
PAUL DEPPERSCHMIDT, LAWRENCEVILLE
Race profiteers don’t allow dialogue
Two guest columnists talked about the discussion on race and how difficult these discussions are (“Race: An unspeakable subject?” Opinion, July 3). I remember when President Bill Clinton helped to sponsor open discussions on race early in his first administration. He had good motives, but these discussions quickly died when white people realized no real, two-way dialogue was welcome, and their role in the talks was to fall down on their knees and apologize for the past “sins” of white people. Nothing has changed, nor will it change as long as race-profiteers are allowed to control the dialogue. Most whites, myself included, know that any white person who dares make any criticism of Black America will be attacked and savaged.
ERNEST WADE, LOGANVILLE