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PEOPLE OF COLOR NEED MORE THAN GOOD EFFORT

In a May 14 letter, Mark Cuthbert says effort will be rewarded with a job.

Mark Cuthbert can find, without too much "effort" or research, that there is more than sufficient evidence to indicate that African-Americans and other people of color frequently need more than "effort" to get a good job.

Some of the factors that contribute to this unfortunate reality are:

Employees who have unrealistic beliefs, feelings, perceptions, etc., about African-Americans or other people of color.

Decision-makers or people in positions of authority who are ignorant or indifferent about the plight of African-Americans or other people of color in the United States.

The existence of a public mentality that is at least comparable to the mentality that allowed slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow laws, a racist justice system, a racist educational system, a racist political system, a racist economic system, etc.

Putting forth a good effort is extremely important, but so is becoming informed and speaking out against injustice.

LEB ARRINGTON
Buffalo

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