Regarding "As Drug Debate Rages, Dealer to be Sentenced," Aug. 23, and "Sentencing of L.A. Drug Dealer Ross Postponed," Aug. 24:
I am an African American who grew up in South-Central Los Angeles. Ever since the beginning of the crack epidemic, black residents have questioned the plausibility of our community's ability to cultivate, process, transport and distribute the massive amount of drugs that have flooded our neighborhoods. We also understood that the proliferation of semiautomatic weapons was of foreign origin. Up to now, these ideas were always ridiculed by the majority of whites.
Your Aug. 23 article validates the suspicions of blacks whose communities have been devastated by the illegal narcotics trade. The article reports suggestions that the cocaine plague in South-Central is directly linked to Nicaraguan drug dealers and the Central Intelligence Agency. It is unfortunate that whites generally ignore the charges of institutional racism leveled at the U.S. government by many of its black citizens. It is our hope that these revelations will lead to more acceptance of our point of view from the larger community.
* I clearly remember during the Iran-Contra hearings a man waving a big sign and being physically ejected from the chambers. That sign read, "Tell them about the drugs."