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I have a question about “A Stand Up Guy?” (6/4). How come when Howard Cosell called Darrin Nelson a monkey back in the early ’80s he got into a lot of trouble for it, but it’s OK for Jonetta Rose Barras to call Mayor Williams a monkey? Cosell was branded a racist and pretty much shunned nationwide, but Ms. Barras is merely referencing the “black folk canon.” I don’t get it. Nor do I like it very much.

Adams Morgan

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