Race reconciliation only part of solution
As the late Gov. Ann Richards said about the late President Ronald Reagan concerning a comment he made about liking women, “He likes us in the kitchen. If President Reagan continues to like me, I’ll have to take in ironing.” That’s how most blacks felt about affirmative action. An example is my own experience.
Atlanta Fire Station No. 8. was all white when I left the city to attend a historically black college and university and serve in combat in Vietnam with the USMC. Upon returning to Atlanta, I applied to the city for a police officer or firefighter job. The fire department called first. Upon reporting to Fire Station No. 8, I was asked, “Affirmative action?” No, I replied. Scored 120 on the test. Aced the test and received 10 points for veteran’s preference and 10 additional points for having a Purple Heart.
Racism is systemic and on-going. Reconciliation is only part of the solution.
RONALD D. JOHNSON, AUSTELL
We need to support our world-class gem
What is the future of a metropolitan area that spends billions in public and private funds to build stadiums to retain mediocre teams, but is unable to even support its truly world-class team? AJC headlines are filled with stories about the dire consequences should we fail to build luxurious new stadiums for the lackluster Falcons and Braves. Meanwhile, we have neglected our truly world-class gem, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Past proposals to build a new symphony hall died with hardly a whimper. Now, the ASO has canceled a large part of the concert series due to a dispute precipitated by debt and inadequate public and corporate support. We may be at risk of losing the ASO itself. Something is dreadfully wrong with our priorities.
ARNOLD C. McQUAIDE JR., BERKELEY LAKE