Clearly, you want to earn your title, and want your recognition and acceptance in the Eurocentric society that we live in. The sad thing is, at your best you will only be used as a pawn to further perpetuate stereotypes of the indigenous people of the world. Sadly, you will succeed at it.

Go learn about your melanin. Do you even know about what makes you black? Do you know that the first human being looked like you?

Let me guess, you pray to a white man named Jesus too? LOL.

Name Withheld
via voicemail

We’re The Queens

I’m calling regarding today’s Reader that came out on July 12. I’m an African-American woman and I’m very proud of who I am. I find that statement very degrading, that “no one likes black girls.” Black women are the chosen women. They are queens and everybody else falls under them. So, maybe next time you do a story you may want to put that on there.

Name Withheld
via voicemail

Get What You Pay For

This is only a comment, and I’m sure you guys have received many. The July 12 front cover is inappropriate. I have no desire to read the story. I could care less what the story says. I just know whoever put that on the front cover, that was so inappropriate.

I will never pick up another Reader. I don’t care if it is free. You guys can keep your Reader. I have no desire to pick it up anymore.

I’m very angry with what I read on the front cover. I could care less what the article says. I just think it was so inappropriate. I would just hope that in the future, you guys would do better. Maybe that’s why your magazine is free. Bye.

Name Withheld
via voicemail

One Big Bash

I am highly offended by your cover page (“Afro Puffs,” July 12). I don’t know what you were thinking when you decided to print the cover page with those words on it but I don’t find it funny. Being an African-American woman or black girl myself, I think that you printing this cover page is racial gender-bashing, and it is wrong and crude, and to me it’s very harsh and unsettling. I would like to know what your thoughts and your reasons are for printing such a horrible statement. I think that you are irresponsible. I am going to see that this is taken care of properly. I am quite put off and don’t like it one bit.

Name Withheld
via voicemail

Check Yourselves

I would like to say that the cover of this week’s Reader (July 12) is offensive, and I took it as racist. I understand you guys do a lot of sarcasm on your covers. This one was not needed, not during the times that we’re going through. We just had a young black man killed by a white man. We already know there is a lot of white-on-black crime.

I am a black person, and, trust me, a lot of men love me. I don’t have to put myself out there. I don’t have to sell my ass. I don’t have any attitude, but when I saw this issue, I was very offended. Yes, we know a lot of woman like black men, but do we know why those women like black men? It’s because black men have big dicks. I’m just going to be honest. They have bigger dicks than any other race in the world.

I just want to let you guys know that this was offensive. It doesn’t really go along with what the writer was talking about. I understand where she was coming from when she wrote her story. But for that to be on the front cover — I’m almost certain a white person wrote it.

You guys should really check yourselves before someone gets hurt behind something so stupid. And you guys just wanted to be sarcastic and were trying to be funny? Well, it wasn’t funny and you’re offending a lot of people. I’m spreading the word out there. I hope you get a lot more pissed-off letters to the editor.

Name Withheld
via voicemail

No Context

I’m calling about the Reader that is out right now that has “Afro Puffs” on the front (July 12). I’m an African-American female, 53 years old, and I have three daughters between the ages of 20 and 29, all African-American. The statement on the front and the article that it’s referencing has no relation to what’s on the cover. If you want honest opinions on this particular issue, then you need to have us — African-American females, who have African-American daughters — respond and write about the issue.

Now, the issue is legitimate. The statement is true, but what she said in the article has no bearing on it whatsoever. So, I don’t know where you guys were going with this. It’s not explained anywhere in the Reader. It’s exacerbated. It has no context. It’s just unbelievable that someone would put that on the cover of the magazine and not be able to elaborate on it extensively. It’s very personal and offensive because it’s not explained,

This article has flared up a lot of tension in our community, and we are not happy about it. At all.

Maria Reese


I feel that the heading on the July 12 Reader, which is “The white girls like the black guys, and the Mexican girls like the black guys, and the Filipino girls like the black guys. And the black guys like them, too. But no one likes the black girls.” is RACIST! Point blank period.

Keyona Hampton
via email

Enjoyed Jeff

I thoroughly enjoyed Jeff Smith’s eight-part series, “The Big Noise: The Free Speech Fight of 1912.” This appalling segment of San Diego history is not often talked about nor written about in our finest city these days. Mr. Smith’s well-researched episodes recalled how, a century ago, the powers that be took the law into their own hands for the “good of the city.”

Now, when I hear a politician or pundit blather on about benefitting “our heritage,” “our legacy to the people,” or the “good of the city,” I always try to discern just whose benefit, legacy, or heritage they are empowering to serve.

Thanks to Jeff Smith for this well-written series. And thanks to the Reader for maintaining fair and truthful reporting. The truth sometimes hurts but it needs to be told. Lest we forget.

Timothy Carr
via email

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nan shartel July 26, 2012 @ 7:13 a.m.

i have a picture that say's it better then i do


it's time for the world to become colorblind

diversity is wonderful until it breeds prejudiced....then it's outlived it's usefulness


David Dodd Aug. 1, 2012 @ 12:49 p.m.

I have a difficult time understanding the letters about the Afro piece. It shared points of views concerning race and inter-race, with some narrative by the author. I finally had to read it in order to try and understand where all of the vitriol was coming from, and I'm not getting it. I think some people just like to write angry letters and phone calls.

If a black woman "feels" that white males don't care for them, then that's a perception on their part, not a racist statement. And, it isn't true, at least not in this neck of the woods. But that's their perception in some instances, probably from an unfortunate personal experience or two.

The stuff that goes on the cover, which usually includes the headline and blurb, are written in order to draw readers in. The blurb was taken as a quote from someone else in the article. Did anyone bother to read this before launching a tirade about racism?


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