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RACE: Pitts could be a more positive force

Letter by Ronald A. Petitte, Federal Way on June 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm | 218 Comments »
June 22, 2011 12:59 pm

There are a lot of wasted opportunities and racial apathy by many blacks and minorities in America today. Leonard Pitts Jr., a successful and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald, uses his column (TNT, 6-22) to influence folks’ opinions about racial equality in America today in a negative way.

Depression, sorrow and despair ring through his column about how one person gets a pass and the other gets the shaft based solely on their race.

Pitts has such a great opportunity to be a positive force in assisting racial harmony among the different races in today’s society. However, he seems to be choosing the same path as two well-respected black ministers, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who feed off the hatred between some because of race and actually make a very good living in doing so.

I have watched so many blacks become millionaires in my lifetime and have very successful careers in the process: Michael Jordan, George Foreman, President Obama – the list is endless.

One extremely successful and possibly the richest women on the planet is Oprah Winfrey. She started out in Chicago as a news broadcaster on a local channel and after a few twists and turns she went on to host the most successful talk show in history.

I doubt that there is another country that has given blacks and minorities more opportunities to be successful than America.

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