Read­ers’ prob­lems with Pitts is his skin color

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

EDITOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

It seems that al­most ev­ery day, some cor­re­spon­dent writes a let­ter com­plain­ing about Leonard Pitts. That the cor­re­spon­dents’ com­plaints of­ten con­tra­dict one an­other is amus­ing, but ir­rel­e­vant — they are en­ti­tled to their opin­ions.

How­ever, Pitts writes col­umns that are fac­tual, log­i­cal, in­tel­li­gent, and that sup­port the point he is try­ing to make or the opin­ion he is try­ing to ex­press, as op­posed to many other colum­nists who of­ten seem to use off-the-cuff “al­ter­na­tive facts” as part of their strat­egy.

With Pitts, there is one other big dif­fer­ence. You send an email to him and you will get an an­swer; it may come from a staffer, but you will get an an­swer. Send an email to most other colum­nists (not count­ing The Times-Dis­patch colum­nists, who all re­spond) and you of­ten get a bounce-back that the email ad­dress does not ex­ist.

What I think the un­der­ly­ing fact is be­hind these opin­ions is that many peo­ple dis­like read­ing or hear­ing some­thing fac­tual, log­i­cal, sen­si­ble, and in­tel­li­gent from a black per­son. THOMAS COX. RICH­MOND.

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