Let me start by saying I read "Still Divided" (cover story, Feb. 2) and found it worthy of reading and further discussion. Good writing! I really enjoyed the scope of it. I want to interject a different and perhaps seminal thought on the subject to provoke further discussion. I would like to see you write something, if you haven't already, on the scientific angle to this question: What do you think about race in the South?
I am increasingly of the thought that race is a myth. We are all human and we don't seem to be responding to recent scientific findings which reflect little genetic variation among humans and that we are all descendants from one species migrating out of Africa.
It seems to me to be a major breakthrough that is not being recognized as such. It's like going from thinking that the world is flat to realizing it is not.
I think it is time for a major shift in our thinking about race. What we commonly think of as race is really more about environment. People are more influenced by religion than they are by the color of their skin. We mistake culture for color.
So what do I think about race?
A) Any constructive consequence is going to start with the truth. Hence recognize our common humanity and go forward from that point.
B) All this focus on race is "much ado about nothing."
C) Race is a myth, a pigment of our imagination. We created it. We can get rid of it and we should.
D) Interestingly, institutions (the government, in particular) appear to be regressing while the populace is advancing.
E) Finally, I am optimistic about race, because I believe ultimately that the truth will prevail. And because I have the kind of relationships across racial lines that are not going to just go away because institutions are trying to go backward.
There are people for whom race is just not an issue.
-- Michael Poe, Atlanta
Teach them right
Sugg's first suggestion, true colorblindness, is the only fair way to go ("Still divided," Feb. 2). Too many people cling to racial or class identities for all the wrong reasons, learning all the wrong lessons that drive you from being the best you can be.
As for the second suggestion, stop stalling on private school alternatives, and you can send your kids to whatever school you want, where they teach whatever view of black, white or green superiority you subscribe to.
Just teach them to read more than a cereal box, and I'm fine with that. It won't work unless you end up being Doug Williams, but at least you're making your own decision.
As for three, "more" integration isn't something the government can ever do. As with most touchy subjects, most people don't really care if you're gay, a redneck, etc., until you start rubbing it in by having parades with leather S&M outfits or nooses dragging from trucks.
Get over yourselves, and stop living into your stereotype. Teach your kids education is important, read to them, and teach them to want the right things.
-- J Marsh
Where are the real criminals?
I, for one, am pro cop, but Atlanta police dropped the ball on the this one (News & Views, "Walk the dog, walk the line," Feb. 2).
They need to get a life and go harass a real criminal instead of this poor girl and her dog!
-- Jose Pulido
Blech to bestiality
Creative Loafing's editorial staff must be some very sick puppies to run such a disgusting, vile photo (RedEye, "Cocky boys do it doggy style," Feb. 2).
If the writer, Tony Ware, really does have sex with dogs (as the picture clearly shows him doing), that's not bestiality, it's cruelty to animals.
My friend who works at the Emory Animal Clinic says he will gladly "snip" Tony for free. Will you publish pictures of that?
Many years ago, I turned to Creative Loafing on a regular basis to find out about what was going on in this hometown of mine. The coverage on the music, the movies and the politics was so refreshing.
These days, I may turn to Creative Loafing only once in a few months, not because I have slowed down and grown older, but because something has happened to the meaning of "alternative."
I cannot believe that Creative Loafing would even THINK of mocking bestiality. If this is what it means to be "alternative" now, then I'm fine with being a sheeple, and preferably without someone's cock in my ass.
-- Liz Herod
We know the truth
Honky bitch, you gotta give up on the illusion that you actually can con your readers when your readers already know the truth (Moodswing, "Teenage prostitute to the stars," Feb. 2).
Next thing you know, you'll be writing about you coming back from Vegas with an old neon sign from the Neon Boneyard.
And if you really did get an old neon sign from Vegas, what makes you think you get to keep it?
-- Daniel Troppy
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