December 05, 2008

Preserving stories of black Baltimore

The editorial concerning the importance of preserving the stories of ordinary Americans struck home with me ("Listen up," Nov. 28).

And indeed, on the very day that we elected Barack Obama to be our next president, an exhibition opened at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore featuring a one-hour monologue by a 75-year-old grandson of slaves named James Emory Bond, reminiscing about his years of growing up in Baltimore.

This historic program first aired on WBAL-TV in February 1964, and subsequently was broadcast in virtually every major TV market in the country, at a time in our history when black men were seldom seen on television.

The program can be seen at the Lewis Museum until Jan. 19, and I hope it will become part of the permanent collection.

Sydney King, Baltimore

The writer conducted the interview with James Emory Bond for WBAL-TV.

Hopkins intolerant of traditional values

The recent refusal of the John Hopkins University to host a Lee-Jackson Day program on campus has had the exact opposite effect that the university claims it intended. Instead of preventing offense, it has ripped open old wounds and created abundant offense ("A Civil action," editorial, Nov. 21).

The root of the whole matter lies in intellectual dishonesty. Our universities claim to allow the expression of diverse viewpoints. Some universities even have former terrorists (William Ayers, for example) and prominent anti-Semites on staff.

This is often called "diversity."

However, God forbid that a university might actually allow any positive expression of traditional American values.

If this line of thought is carried to its logical conclusion, in a generation or so, perhaps "Old Glory" will be hated and viewed as an emblem of oppression.

It is time that we become intellectually honest and stop the viewpoint discrimination that the John Hopkins University condones. Otherwise, our freedom will be lost, and despised.

Brandon Dorsey, Lexington, Va.

The writer is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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