Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | AUGUST 29, 2011 7:20 AM

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Don’t publicize biases, please

I was taken aback when reading Adam B Sullivan’s “guest” opinion, “Taking Tips from President Rudy Giuliani.” First, because of the clearly loose definition The Daily Iowan holds as a “guest” opinion. Can an editor-in-chief really be a “guest” of the publication he or she edits? But I digress.

I was most surprised at the admission of your editor-in-chief donating to and caucusing for Rudy Giuliani. Surprised because, last I checked, student reporters at the DI are strongly discouraged from even listing political affiliations on their Facebook pages. Why, then, should the editor-in-chief promote his political affiliations, past or present, in his paper? I appreciate the DI’s efforts to report this election season to the very best of your abilities, but please refrain from reporting your political biases in the future.

Max Johnson
UI junior

Bar-scene dress codes are racist

I have read about, learned about, and have had the “rules against” racism embedded in me since I first went to preschool and was taught that my first black friend, Carrington, was completely equal to me. And yet, as a 20-year-old, tonight, I saw racism firsthand in downtown Iowa City, and it forced me to look into the bar scene’s ugly, racist rules.

My personal experience tonight was very obvious racism — my boyfriend and I entered the Union without problem but watched the black man behind us get shut out because of “dress code” issues (my boyfriend was wearing the same thing as him: a shallow V-neck and jeans.) However, I tonight I learned that much of the time, racism is discreet.

As I lamented the hatred I just witnessed, I began to assess the basic Iowa City bar scene’s dress code, and I quickly realized that this dress code was actually a race code. “No jerseys, white T-shirts, or straight-bill hats,” seems a bit parallel to “No black culture.”

Amanda Fuhr
UI student

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