© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2001
Come on. Darrell Fry of all people should know the trouble you can get in by stereotyping people. Him calling Allen Iverson a thug is a classic case of stereotyping. Just because he wears a baseball cap turned sideways, has tattoos and wears a do-rag does not make him a thug.
Did Fry feel the same about Michael Jordan when he shaved his head, or Dr. J when he had an Afro, or Bill Walton when he had long hair? Society is quick to misjudge people (especially young African-American males). Please give our youth the benefit of the doubt. I am an African-American male who at one time wore a big Afro and platform shoes. My all-white high school classmates thought I was a thug by their standards.
Isn't it good enough that Iverson has started a Philadelphia-based foundation that benefits urban youth and speaks about the importance of education and doing the right thing? Or does he need a suit and tie for that too?
-- Joe Murphy, Oldsmar
I want to commend Darrell Fry on his excellent article concerning Allen Iverson(Save your thug life for home, May 2, 2001). I am an Irish-American, so I know a white author would almost certainly take flak for writing something similar about an African-American athlete. I can only hope Mr. Fry, also being African-American, does not take near as much heat for telling it like it is.
-- Mac McCarthy, Largo
How many of the original members of the city council who voted to bring baseball to St. Petersburg without a public vote on the stadium are buying season tickets? Have they ever bought season tickets? I wonder if "Mr. Baseball" Bob Stewart has had season tickets. What about the current city council or any of the past city council members since baseball has been here? How about the county commissioners? City officials and business leaders wanted baseball. Let them be first to dust off the checkbook and step up to the plate.
-- Steve Harris, St. Petersburg
Kudos to the Times sports department staff for the "Waterworld" special outdoors section. The safety information showing waterway right of way rules is especially important.
-- R. Bacon, Dunedin
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