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You mean this Richmond?
I am writing regarding a story titled "Welcome to Pleasantville" Cover story, Aug. 22. I was left dumbstruck by one of the captions in the story: "for other black residents, though, race relations is a non-issue." Did Rob Morano interview black residents of Richmond? Was this the Richmond located in Virginia?

Race is not only an issue in Richmond, it's a major, major problem! The black folks in Richmond continue to fight and struggle daily for civil, social and economic parity. It is in Richmond that my professional friends, who happen to be male and black, are constantly stopped by the police just because they are "driving while black."

Another associate, who happens to be a black Realtor, makes no excuses whatsoever about telling newcomers that they definitely don't want to buy a home in the Richmond city limits. She frankly boasts, "The law says I can blame it on the schools, but I just … tell them their home values will do better in a white neighborhood."

And just a few weeks ago, the Richmond Times-Dispatch ran a survey of the area's top CEOs. I didn't recognize one name as anyone of African-American descent or a member of any ethnic group.

If these blatant examples of racism and exclusion don't indicate systematic issues resulting from poor race relations in the Richmond community, then what does?

Denise Fields



At least El-Amin understands his job
There is a greater tragedy about Sa'ad El-Amin that will get little or no press The Score, Sept. 5. Sa'ad El-Amin is Richmond's councilman from the Sixth District, serving his second term. He is noted for his racist views, loss of his license to practice law and travel expense improprieties.

About two months ago I addressed City Council for three minutes during the public comment period. My complaint was about the Director of Animal Control.

El-Amin, by his comments and questions, stood out from all the other councilpersons as the only one who understood his job as a councilman and understood government by law.

Sa'ad El-Amin is the best councilperson we have. Now that's a real tragedy.

Sam Forrest



Corrections:
The not-for-profit group called Philanthropy By Design's phone number was omitted in the September issue of Home Style. It is 266-0204.

Home Style also published an incorrect zip code for the Westover Church plantation pilgrimage. The correct address and zip code for tickets to the Westover Church pilgrimage to the plantations is 10902 John Tyler Highway, Charles City, VA 23030.

Home Style regrets the
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