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Chrissie's a Darling, but McNeil's a Hero

September 19, 1987

I write to point out the racism in sports reporting in the Times. I refer to the article by Lisa Dillman entitled "After 16 in a Row, It's No Longer Sweet 16 at the Open for Evert," and the accompanying picture of Evert. I am struck that Ms. Dillman and or the Times chose to omit a reference to Ms. McNeil in the article headline and a photo of Lori. It seems like such a slap in the face of a young black woman who is apparently extremely talented and no doubt has worked extremely hard to get to the position of being able to defeat Chris Evert, America's treasured darling of woman tennis players.

Such a stinging insult must come as a dash of cold water in the face of aspiring young black women waiting in the wings of the athletic stage all over the world.

DALMA WHITE

Compton

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