Black and White in Color
Rick Reilly's column on race (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Feb. 4) was, in my opinion, exactly on point, and I'm black! Even if whites have a history of being more successful in many areas outside of sport, it's still not fair to stereotype white athletes. Reilly's article should make all people, particularly blacks, realize that if they don't like being stereotyped by race, then they shouldn't do it either.
WILBERT E. BROWN, New Orleans
Even as a young, white, upper-middle-class, college-educated, Republican male, I was offended by Reilly's sarcastic whining about the abuse white folks must suffer. Maybe someone whose biggest disappointment of the past year was having to sell a classic Corvette to buy a new Lexus isn't the best mouthpiece to proclaim the injustices suffered by the oppressed Caucasians of America.
SCOTT HAUSER, New Wilmington, Pa.
Ahhhhh! The fresh smell of truth melded with political incorrectness. Great job, for a White Boy.
DANNY KENNEDY, Tuba
As an average white guy, I may not be able to dunk, dance or run fast, but I can always appreciate the fact that I've never truly been discriminated against.
DIRKUS CALLAHAN, Muncie, Ind.
Being a black chick studying to become a lawyer who enjoys Reilly's column every week, it occurred to me that anyone who still believes these stereotypes is too scared to find out for himself what people of other races are like and may be too lost in the past to be helped. I believe that using race or skin color as a descriptor should be saved for suspect identification, as in, "He was a white guy, red hair, about five-10," or "He was a black guy, bald head, about five-10." That's one of the few, if not the only, times when race actually matters.
NIKKI POPE, San Jose
I know that Reilly's column was semi-sarcastic, but my heart still bleeds for his plight and those of his oppressed white brothers. I would like to cheer Rick up by reminding him that the majority of the pro teams are owned by white men, that the majority of the coaches and managers are white men and that the majority of the fans who can afford to attend pro games are white.
AARON J. CAMERON, San Diego
I enjoyed Reilly's column in which he contemplates a few ridiculous, race-charged utterances from a few ridiculous, simple-minded black athletes. ( Mike Tyson? Come on!) However, while Reilly makes a good point about an inexcusable double standard, I shed few tears for him. After all, he still enjoys all the privileges that come with being white and suffers none of the indignities that too often come with being a person of color.
AL CAVE, NEEDHAM, Mass.
I have two words for Kostya Kennedy (SCORECARD, Feb 4), who narrow-mindedly criticized the Winter Olympics as "a gear expo on steroids." Ben Johnson.
BRIAN W. PECK, New York City
I agree that the Summer Olympics are better for displaying pure athleticism and drama, but unfortunately the meatheads at NBC think we would rather watch rhythmic gymnastics than the finals in a one-on-one sport like wrestling. At least when the Winter Olympics are on TV, we aren't subjected to watching endless fluff in the vain hope of seeing some straight-up competition. I am not rich enough to travel to the Games, so I much prefer the Winter Olympics, since the morons at top of the TV food chain have no choice but to show competitive events.
MARK NANDOR, Columbus, Ohio
Kudos to Seth Davis on the Brian Cook article (Home Team, Feb. 4). However, as a graduate of Lincoln [Ill.] Community High School, I take issue with Northern Illinois coach Rob Judson's saying, "There's an element in Lincoln that wouldn't mind seeing Brian wash out, so they can say, 'You're just like Norman.' " That's misleading. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of that "small, basketball-mad town" wants to see Brian Cook succeed. I understand that .01% can be considered an element of the population, but Judson's quote makes it sounds as if Lincoln doesn't support its Railsplitters. That couldn't be further from the truth.
JUSTIN PHELPS, Peoria, Ill.