Leonard Pitts Jr. (Commentary, Jan. 16) always writes an interesting column. I recently read his first novel, “Freeman,” and recommend it. “Freeman” doesn't read like most first novels — amateurish. Yes, it may be called a message book, the message being that “slavery was wrong, egregiously,” but it's a good novel. I'd give Pitts an A for his book, but doesn't getting an A also reduce his blackness? Am I, a non-black, allowed to jest about blackness as Pitts did without being accused of being racist?
Rob Parker's comments about Robert Griffin III, cited by Pitts, were apparently not made in any form of jest and did no good for anyone. Instead, they continue to exacerbate the racial divide. When will those in the self-appointed black elite, including most black members of Congress, realize that it's valid for a black person to hold some non-liberal views? When will they stop labeling such persons as “cornball brothers” or “Uncle Toms” or worse? When will they reach out to their fellow Americans?
Until that happens, they remain part of the problem and don't get an A for civility or understanding or problem-solving or brotherly love.
Charlie Taylor, Norman