Letters: Diversity in Cycling and Difficult History on TV


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I was thinking of the May 10 article “After the Chauvin trial, what next for racial justice?” exposed the understanding that much remains to be done to address systemic racism in the United States and its law enforcement agencies in order to serve and protect all of our citizens. I think more should have been included on some of the things that will need to change for this to happen.

I also think, given the popularity of Fox News’ top-rated opinion show, any mention of Tucker Carlson requires a mention of his network’s own rationale that he is not to be taken seriously.

Last September, a judge dismissed a libel action against Fox. As the New York Times reports, “Judge Vyskocil relied in part on an argument made by lawyers for Fox News: that the ‘general tenor’ of Mr. Carlson’s program signals viewers that the host is book in “hype” and “commentary.” The judge added, “Considering Mr. Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer” arrives[s] with an appropriate amount of “skepticism” about the host’s on-air comments. “

The article went on to summarize that “Mr. Carlson viewers don’t necessarily believe everything they hear. Therefore, any quotation from Mr. Tucker’s speech or actions must be accompanied by a disclaimer as to its validity. Many of us already dismiss anything he says or does as political theater, and The Christian Science Monitor should pay more attention to any associations or references. Thank you.

Bruce johnson
Pensacola, Florida

What about the pros?

I enjoyed the May 24 article on how Najari Smith promotes recreational cycling in a black community in California, titled “Bikes Kind of Saved My Life.” How Najari Smith is moving his community forward.

I would have liked to hear Mr. Smith’s take on professional cycling. The world’s first men’s cycling event, the Tour de France, is scheduled to run from June 26 to July 18 and includes very few racers from ethnic minorities.

A greater willingness of professional cycling teams to recruit from ethnic minorities would strengthen the image of cycling and increase its popularity.

Alistair Budd
Llanvair Discoed, Wales

Confront a difficult story

Thank you for the June 21 review of “The Underground Railroad”, Barry Jenkins’ television adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, “‘Underground Railroad’ Takes the Legacy of Slavery.”

In the article, Susan X Jane writes: “For those who feel able to testify, Jenkins’ vivid imagery captures the violence that put black people at the bottom of the racial hierarchy, while Whitehead’s reimagined railroad us leaves room to continue traveling. to find hope.

For those unable to testify, this article offers a less brutal version of that information – the lingering effects of racism and the demand to keep moving forward on its exposure and the creation of a still magical world. freedom for everything.

Devon burr
Flagstaff, Arizona


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