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Avoiding Class Issue

June 28, 2002

Re Joe Loya's cogent remarks in "Rage Behind Bars" (Opinion, June 23): Issues of race and religion have always been at the forefront of our culture. They define us. Like it or not, in their many manifestations they are socially and politically a part of our vernacular and our collective conscience.

Unfortunately, today, identifying with one's oppressors has increased the number of bad guys (who were once good guys) exponentially. How easy it has become for society to legitimately perpetuate this ruse and to avoid the very real and more insidious problem of "class." Who will be the first to finally have the courage to address this--and when?

Gerald R. Roth

Los Angeles

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