to the Editor:

re “Text Joe Carlsen Dismissed(Business, May 3):

How ironic that a lesson that included an unrepentant racist preaching about our common humanity was one of the reasons for his dismissal.

The trigger was Tucker Carlson’s comment that “this is not how white people fight,” but his acceptance and disapproval of his own lust for killing the “Antifa kid” for the Trump mob has created a buzz among his fellow TV personalities on Fox. Sincerity and reflection showed absent.

Michael K. cantwell
Delray Beach, Fla.

to the Editor:

Your article correctly emphasized the racism implicit in the text message but completely failed to emphasize the human being who tried to identify with the victim and felt that the urge to violence was in question.

Have you decided that given his history, Tucker Carlson doesn’t deserve any recognition for what is clearly an internal struggle with ethics? If so, you may be right, but you have also done yourself a significant disservice by not considering that function as essential to our normal existence.

supporters of violence to recognize that someone “loves this child”, to see them as human and not “the other”, to care about their suffering is fundamental to overcoming injustice.

Emily McFarland
Fairfax, Calif.

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