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Reverse Racism


I disagree with Peter Worden’s “Offensive Cover” letter in the Nov. 4 City Weekly. He calls City Weekly racist for posting a picture of a rapist on its cover [“The Faces of Rape,” Oct. 21]. City Weekly wanted to do a story about a serial rapist who, after years of effort by his victims, was finally convicted. Is it the newspaper’s fault that the man happened to be black? Did it call him and tell him to rape white women? Or did he choose, on his own, to be a rapist? And, how is the skin color of the criminal the fault of the journalist reporting it?

The reporter did a good job covering the story without emphasizing the rapist’s skin color. In fact, he never mentioned it except when he quoted one of the victims.

Calling this cover racist is reverse racism, and it’s no different from regular racism. He is a rapist. If a white guy living in Harlem, N.Y., was convicted of rape and put on the cover of a newspaper, would there be complaints? Probably not.

Kered Aoraba
Salt Lake City