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Divided colors of Benetton?

kudos to charles hall for suggesting a comprehensive approach to addressing the underrepresentation of blacks in the world of ad agencies. He has honestly defined the essence of the problem, much in the manner of social critic Shelby Steele, as an ongoing conflict between what we think we're supposed to say and what we really think and feel in our hearts and minds. Such an acknowledgement must be the key departure point toward effective solutions.

On the other hand, I was dismayed by the Michael Dinwiddie column; he devoted much energy to whining and very little to ideas. His assertion that, had she been black, the Linda Hamilton character in Terminator 2 would have been sodomized by her jailers was bizarre and more than a little irresponsible. Indeed, such comments lend credence to the notion that we can now make any allegation that comes to mind, so long as racism is our justification.

No less baffling was Dinwiddie's glowing endorsement of Benetton as a shining example of race relations correctness. Images such as that of a black stallion mounting a white mare command the viewer to judge a person by the color of his skin instead of the content of his character.

Brant Hadaway

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