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As a former college professor at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y., I usually have a positive feeling when I learn that something I have believed for some time is actually correct. Yet I found that I was unable to immediately read the incredible article “Mum’s the Nerd” (10/24) written by Felix Gillette. When I finally got the courage to read it and realized how right I was this time, I felt somewhat depressed. I suppose, in a way, I wanted to be wrong.
Prior to the election of Anthony A. Williams as the mayor of Washington, D.C., I saw his image reflected on a television station. I was stunned! From my activities as an artist activist during the ’60s and ’70s in Harlem, I realized he was what we referred to as an Uncle Toma black person who was in denial of self in terms of his racial origin, “eager to win the approval of whites and willing to cooperate with them,” as defined in my dictionary.
I now have a high regard for your newspaper’s willingness to reflect the basic truth about someone so high in a political office, to allow a staff writer to explain the whole business to your readers in full length. I do not recall other such revelations during the entire decade I have resided in Washington, D.C.which I understand is regarded as a conservative arena, despite the fact that it is the capital of the United States.
Every single issue that Gillette reviewedthe mayor’s attempt to sell the campus of the University of the District of Columbia, with its large minority body, and move it to a site near the Anacostia River without relating to the concerns of the teaching staff or the students; the many other instances displaying the manner in which Williams has revealed his total disregard for his own
peoplewas profoundly reviewed, was pertinent, and was explicated with depth and knowledge.