To the editors:
Imagine my shock to find in your Hot Type column (June 26) that "there are no blacks on the editorial board of either the Sun-Times or Tribune and no blacks in significant decision-making positions."
I have been a member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board since the summer of 1984. The late Leanita McClain was a member for about three years before that. Neither of us ever had much difficulty convincing anyone that we were black.
Now Hot Type has come along and disrupted my life. I am scorned and ridiculed by my colleagues for trying to "pass." My wife threatens to leave. Even my cat is looking at me strangely.
I appeal to you: Please help me set the record straight. Please let me, my family, and my cat know that we can believe what we read in the Reader.
Michael Miner replies:
Embarrassed apologies all around, especially to the cat. Believe your master! That isn't an Acapulco suntan.