On Jan. 18, we, the citizens of the United States, officially celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who dreamed that one day individuals would be judged "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
My question to the Los Angeles Times: Is the Los Angeles Times really committed to making his dream a reality?
In an article ("Uneasy Carson Tries to Edge Away From 'Rougher' Compton," Jan. 17) by Times staff writer George Stein, community was positioned against community by reporting that many residents of Carson do not wish to be associated with the City of Compton due to its high degree of crime.
Stein's article then proceeded to position blacks against blacks by identifying the demographic mixes of Compton and Carson, along with the perceptions of Compton as a "run-down black community," with some areas that are nice; and Carson as a well-off, middle-class black community.
As a person who resides in Carson and spends more than 60% of his time awake working in Compton, I am extremely outraged at Stein's article. Compton is a city with pride. There are many individuals, like myself, who reside in Carson and who are working toward the resurgence of Compton's physical, economic and social development.