Floyd Patterson's article, Cassius Clay Must Be Beaten (Oct. 11), was interesting. That is, as long as Floyd talked about boxing. The thing that Patterson should try to realize is that no man's actions, regardless of who he may be, can disgrace an entire race, Negro or otherwise.
I certainly feel no disgrace because Jack Johnson served time in a federal penitentiary. I do feel pride, however, in the fact that an eminent boxing historian selected him as the No. 1 heavyweight champion of all time.
Others certainly should feel no "disgrace" because, say, John L. Sullivan was said to be of intemperate habits.
Twenty years from now when future boxing historians assess Cassius Clay and Floyd Patterson, it will be strictly on the basis of each one's fistic prowess. The fact that the former was a member of the Black Muslims or the latter a member of the Roman Catholic Church will have no bearing.
Patterson's article made so much sense, I can't help but believe he will overcome the odds against him and reach his goal, as he has done so often in the past.
Mr. Patterson makes it seem as if the fight is a showdown between the Roman Catholic religion and the Black Muslim religion. This is not so. I would like to wish Floyd Patterson all the luck in the world in his bid to regain the crown. However, I hope he is not trying to win for the reasons which he stated as being important.
BEAR, BOOKS AND BEEF
I was disappointed and saddened to see the pictures depicting the living quarters of "winners" at the University of Alabama (The Bear Bryant Hilton, Oct. 11). Coach Bryant's thick-carpeted, neo-gothic cow barn, where prize beef on the hoof is fattened and cloistered for a Saturday afternoon barbeque, is in direct contradiction to sound educational and athletic principles that, fortunately, many universities still maintain.
One million dollars would go a long way toward providing education for those individuals denied the opportunity to attend the University of Alabama, let alone take their place in the group picture.
GEORGE H. McGLYNN
I wonder how many needed teachers, classrooms and underequipped university science labs the state of Alabama starves for while her "fattened lambs" revel in the luxury of their Bear Bryant Hilton?
San Marino, Calif.
Football is not king at the University of Alabama; it is some kind of god.