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Telling It Like We See It




Dear Ms. True:

We are both disappointed and angered that the Reader utilized the article about Mike North, entitled "Money Where His Mouth Is" (March 20, 1998), to promulgate ethnic slurs. Other publications have passed through the stage wherein they found it amusing to use infantile humor.

We refer with particularity to the paragraphs on page 14 in which you repeated the so-called Polish joke of Mr. North, going so far as to use the epithet "Polack." It is unlikely that you would have seen fit to use the opprobrious words "nigger" or "kike" with the same thoughtless abandon.

As we respect the dignity of all ethnic groups, we object equally to the derogatory remarks about Latinos on the same page.

The article makes it clear to all but the least discerning of readers that Mr. North is socially and mentally deprived. His lack of social grace does not, however, release the Reader from its own responsibility to observe common decency and journalistic ethics.

The Reader has been rightly praised for its devotion to the maintenance of diversity. It is unfortunate that this commitment should cease in regard to ethnic identity. We believe that your readers deserve an apology for what we hope was a "momentary slip."

Edward J. Moskal


Polish American Congress

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