Letters to the editor

Clark’s remarks about love crossed the line

Dear Editor:

I’m writing in regard to an article in Thursday’s paper — “Why I Love,” written by guest columnist Kevin Clark, in which he tried to explain his love for black women and justifies his being “akin to brown skin and doesn’t understand why anyone would step outside the box.”

Well Mr. Clark, I believe your outrageous and down-right racist claims of a white woman not being able to relate to a black man are along the lines of making distinction between people where there are no real differences, it’s called pseudospeciation — literally, the creation of false species.

You also generalize the white female’s perception of black men, assuming we think they’re scary. Don’t flatter yourself. There’s NOTHING scary about the smooth, darkened skin color of a human being. I find myself, a white suburban female, checking out black men just as often, if not more, than white XY chromosomes.

I like culture in people. I want to date someone with culture. Someone who can teach me about culture. In fact, my parents would too. Those tree-hugging, grass-roots lobbying liberals would prefer me to bring home a “Darius” instead of an “Andrew.”

Not only was I genuinely insulted that a black man would never consider dating me because I was white, but you, Mr. Clark, came into my Intro. to Mass Communications class and boasted about this inhumane, shallow and absolutely pathetic and desperate article. The Daily Kent Stater is NOT a dating service.

I’m sorry you are having troubles finding a girl who isn’t interested in a depthless, superficial boy. You are a pathetic excuse for a horny college student. I demand an apology, Kevin.

Anna Carney

Freshman journalism and mass communication major

More education about influenza necessary

Dear Editor:

Ah yes, ignorance can be bliss, until it kills you.

During the flu season each year after year after year, reporters tell the same wrong information, which is given to them from health providers.

The flu — influenza — is an acute respiratory virus, not bacteria. In the history of flu, not a single case was prevented by treating the illness like it was a bacteria, such as by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer or taking a multi-vitamin like Centrum. FYI: These pills are manufactured using an adhesive. As a delivery system, the human body has great difficulty getting any nutrients out of them.

After all this is said, it is also my opinion that Raymond Leone gave some truly great advice: “Get a lot of rest, watch what you eat and exercise to stay healthy.”

By no means am I an expert in news reporting or health advice, but neither were the children in 1918. Sometimes I think children during the 1918 Spanish Flu had a better grasp of this illness than the professionals of the 21st century.

How did that jump rope rhyme they sang on playgrounds go? “I had a little bird, and its name was Enza. I opened a window, and in flew Enza.”

Paul Platz

Kent Resident