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Tuesday January 18th

Racial diversity criticism of DTH is off the mark


I wish I could say that I was shocked to see the Daily Tar Heel publish something as obnoxiously racist as Wendy Sease’s Friday Letter to the Editor (“DTH newsroom could be aided by some diversity,” Aug. 28) concerning the color of the student writers, but such views are becoming frighteningly common.

It is telling that in her concerns about diversity in the newsroom, she does not mention the ideas of the writers, but only the physical characteristic that classifies them into a racial group. I wonder if Sease desires to see more brown-skinned writing styles or black-skinned thoughts in her newspaper?

A man’s individual identity is determined by his mind, not his membership in a group of people that share physical attributes, popular irrationality to the contrary notwithstanding.

Sam Tenney

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