From H. LeRoy Whiteley, Jr.:
Partly because of Baltimore’s unrest, we hear that legislation will be introduced to make racial profiling a felony offense. We hope the definition of racial profiling will be appropriately defined to change the perception or view of races different from our own. In our humble opinion, you, our media, whether written or oral via radio and television, use language we feel is a major contributor to the racial problems that plague our country today and for decades past. We live largely in a black or white society. Yet you insist on segregating us by your verbiage. Bear in mind, white is defined as the presence of ALL color. Black is the polar opposite. It is the absence of ALL color. Thus, when you define blacks as “persons of color” you are completely wrong. Similarly, the medial insists on calling blacks as African-Americans. White people are seldom ever identified as White or Caucasian. We also seldom, if ever, hear of people of other races being defined as Chinese-American, German-American, Italian-American, Japanese-American, Polish American, even Pakistani, Turkish, Vietnamese, or other such identifiers. So, why not change your reporting? Stop putting race-dividing racial descriptions in your reporting and advertisements.
If photos are included in the piece you are presenting, it will be obvious what the person’s color of skin is, if that really matters. If that depicted person’s skin color does not sufficiently define their possible ethnicity, perhaps their garb or speech will give us a clue, again if that matters. You are turning us against each other with your rhetoric.
If you believe in DNA testing and analysis, you can find large amounts of data that links most of the world’s population to origins in Africa. We are white and through our own family genealogy, we can trace our family through 18 generations to England. Further genealogical searching and DNA testing, places our previous generations prior to the 18 from England, as originating in Africa. Does that make us African-American? We do not think so. No more than the many blacks that are so labeled. Like us, they and many of their ancestors have never had a close tie to Africa. Nevertheless, that’s the way you chose to label the blacks, regardless of when or where they originated from.
It is time to change this divisive practice that so severely divides this nation. We hope you will agree and do so.
H. LeRoy Whiteley, Jr.