Re: the May 13 column "When the color of your skin makes you suspect."

Columnist Luis Carrasco got angry and worried about his blood pressure at the news of young minority women and men who became suspects in a variety of situations because of their skin color. Each story also made me angry while I silently wept. They are all horrible but the one that really made my blood boil was when a black man was moving into his apartment — HIS APARTMENT — on Manhattan's Upper West Side; a neighbor called to report a burglary. Who let that bigot move into the neighborhood, one of Manhattan's most liberal?

B'Nai Jeshurun synagogue, in addition to Jewish worship, describes its mission as "the search for justice, understanding and wholeness," which I believe reflects the character of the general community. It runs a shelter for homeless women in cooperation with the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. Some guests stay up to a year while receiving social services. Once again, who let the bigot in?

Billie Kozolchyk


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