Spelling in tolerance editorial divides

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 02, 2005

As a woman who is part Athabascan living in Oregon, I am compelled to ask why in part of this editorial (Empire editorial, Jan. 23), blacks was spelled with a lower case "b" but Natives was spelled using a capital letter? Why the use of the word blacks in the first place?

Gays and lesbians can be closed-minded and condescending about heterosexuals, just as blacks and Natives can be hateful toward whites. The idea is to eliminate intolerance from all directions.

Leigh Ann Sparks

Portland, Ore.

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