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New L.A. School Superintendent

May 25, 1987

I find it highly ironic that the same minority groups who complain endlessly about racism are now going after Leonard Britton, the new superintendent of schools, simply because the man happened to be born white!

Where are all their anti-racist policies when it comes to white people? Could you imagine the reaction from minority groups if whites created an uproar over a black or Latino appointee? "A white would be more sensitive to the needs of the white community," would be the hypothetical clamor. Indeed! Do you think the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People would put up with that? But the school board has been put in the ridiculous position of having to apologize for its excellent choice simply because the individual is a white male.

It's true, as Del Olmo contends, that Britton is "an outsider" to the Los Angeles school situation. But that may be all to the good. Coming from a different area, he may bring a fresh look and new approaches to our city's problems.

JOANNE G. MURPHY

Los Angeles

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