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Staff Writer Itabari Njeri

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July 7, 1991
T imes staff writer Itabari Njeri's commentary on Spike Lee's film "Jungle Fever" ("Doing the Wrong Thing," June 23) has prompted an outpouring from readers, with responses supporting Lee outnumbering those supporting Njeri about 2 to 1. A sampling: Njeri Shows Courage As you have noted, Njeri has won an important book award. I hope a professional journalists' organization will honor her story. In terms of the truth she tells and the facts she presents, this is almost a classic.
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July 7, 1991
T imes staff writer Itabari Njeri's commentary on Spike Lee's film "Jungle Fever" ("Doing the Wrong Thing," June 23) has prompted an outpouring from readers, with responses supporting Lee outnumbering those supporting Njeri about 2 to 1. A sampling: Black Men Endangered Njeri's defeatist line is that racism has done a good job in making black men an endangered species. So to the victor goes the spoils: black women. And those into Afrocentrism, seeking to courageously turn around the alarming situation, Njeri vilifies.
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July 21, 1991
The foment arising out of the "Jungle Fever" debate has generated an intensely divisive diversity of thoughts. Despite the apparent polarity of views, the communion of Spike Lee and Times staff writer Itabari Njeri lies in truth --his art, her analysis ("Doing the Wrong Thing," June 23; Letters, July 7, 14). There are flared expectations of the cinema and denial of historical introspection within those very shared truths. Lee's film portrayed current prejudices and preconceptions directly, Njeri's academic expression where they are less likely sought.
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