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Racial Tension in Schools

June 23, 1991

In response to "The Tensions Between Blacks and Latinos: How Volatile?" editorial, June 17:

I haven't had the pleasure of actually viewing the billboards of Muhammed Ali and Cesar Chavez in South-Central Los Angeles, but the concept is inspiring to say the least. The time has come for blacks and Latinos to put their differences aside and move to form an economic and political force capable of actually effecting real changes in American politics.

When closely studied, President Bush's veto last year of the civil rights bill is only the prelude to an all-out war on minorities and their human rights in an effort to preempt any nonwhite political coalition from forming.

What your editorial failed to touch on, and the motivating factor behind my letter, is the "economics of racism," in this case racial tensions.

For reasons I can't fathom, white Americans will not, or cannot, grasp that if the economic situation of the two ethnic groups in question were significantly improved, then the overall standard of living in America would improve.

But greed blinds white America's eyes. Greed and fear. It has nothing to do with race, color or culture. It's money.

JAMES E. WALKER, El Toro

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