But since the fight his image has completely changed, especially now that he has announced his religious leanings. How can I, as a white, look up to or respect a person who represents a group that is out for the purpose of suppressing the white race?
I agree with the current statement issued by Floyd Patterson and hope that he is able to make a quick comeback and wrest the heavyweight title from Cassius X. Then I, and all true Americans, can look up to the champ with respect, as he would represent the basic ideals for which America stands and form an all-American image for the whole world to see.
I agree wholeheartedly with your SCORECARD article on Cassius Clay and the Muslims. I am not an avid Clay fan, neither am I a member of the Muslim cult, but I do believe that one should not be downed because of what he believes in. As you pointed out, the public has seemed not too concerned about a boxer's race, so why then is Clay rejected because of his religion? The public should wake up to the fact that it is a prizefighter's skill in the ring that proves him a hero or a bum, not his background or religious convictions.
RICHARD C. GRADY
After Malcolm X's recent statement advocating use of guns by the nation's 20 million Negroes, I trust the genius who wrote The Black Muslim Hope item in your March 16 issue realizes the Black Muslim cult is far beyond being a religious issue.
Liston and Clay are both stumblebums, if not as boxers then as people. One an ex-convict and the other a Black Muslim.
Your support of these people is a disgrace to the principles on which your magazine was started and more particularly to the youth of America, both black and white.
J. A. KURFESS
Re Tank Champs (March 16). Come now, you can't be serious when you say that Peekskill is handicapped by swim practice limited to "90 minutes a day four days a week." I know of a great many high and prep schools that would settle for that much water time. It means they practice every weekday but Friday. This day is reserved for interscholastic competition.
Sparks and Peekskill may be the "best prep school swimming team in the country," but I'll string along with Williston Academy, Easthampton, Mass. Williston's Jim Edwards, a junior, has already smashed Rerych's 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle national prep records. And he has bettered the national prep 100-yard freestyle mark set by Tom Hempstead of Pine Crest in 1962.
Edwards has been competing for only the last two years, according to his coach, W. S. Babcock and, moreover, he is a diabetic.
North Hollywood, Calif.
EAST IS MIDEAST
I had occasion to attend the NCAA Eastern Regional playoffs in both Philadelphia and Raleigh, N.C. It seemed, indeed, strange to me that Providence College and the University of Connecticut should be required to play Temple and Villanova universities at the University of Pennsylvania Palestra, which is, in effect, the home court of both these teams. I was equally disturbed by the fact that the universities of Villanova and Connecticut were required to play Duke at North Carolina State, which practically amounts to a home court advantage. Duke University is 23 miles away from Raleigh and had just finished playing three or four games at Reynolds Coliseum. In addition to these facts, some 11,000 of the 12,000 ticket holders were fans of Duke and the Atlantic Coast Conference.