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'Discrimination'

September 04, 1986

Orwellian Newspeak flourishes when Price Cobbs (Editorial Pages, Aug. 13) refers to affirmative action programs that prefer one person over another on the basis of race as a moral imperative.

Past racial and gender discrimination notwithstanding, rights are individual and should neither be conferred nor denied on the basis of membership in one particular group or another.

No matter how noble the goal, countenancing discrimination in the name of eliminating discrimination is wrong. To assert otherwise is to deny equal protection of the laws and affirm the proposition that two wrongs make a right.

ALAN BENSON

Canoga Park

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