George Skelton and Bill Boyarsky's article (Aug. 24), "Racism Has a Hand at the Ballot Box," brings to the forefront what many have known, but few would admit. It is clear that the complexion of California, particularly here in Los Angeles, is transforming. However, our attitudes toward this transformation have not.
Racism at the ballot box is one isolated facet of our everyday life. Unfortunately, prejudice, bigotry and intolerance manifests itself in all facets of everyday life--education, employment, entertainment, housing and religion, to name a few.
The article states that "significant prejudice remains, and it can have a substantial even decisive impact on statewide voting." Further, that the politics of prejudice in this country is not a new phenomena and has been visited upon all ethnic groups at one time or another. However, at a time when we can put a black, Latino or Asian in space, we somehow are unable to put a black, Latino or Asian in the Governor's Mansion. This would suggest that racism is alive and well in California.
This is not an argument that we should elect a person to office solely on race, but it is not as if blacks, Latinos or Asians were not equally qualified as their white counterparts. As one commentator suggested "People with latent racial prejudices will always find an excuse to vote against someone."