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Lisa Peterka, Wyndmere, N.D., letter: Possible racism taints story on racism

WYNDMERE, N.D. -- Having read the story headlined "Pipeline worker brings racism lawsuit against his employer," I can only think that an article that opens with "A black man who helped build the ..." sounds more than a tad racist itself (Dec. 11,...

WYNDMERE, N.D. -- Having read the story headlined "Pipeline worker brings racism lawsuit against his employer," I can only think that an article that opens with "A black man who helped build the ..." sounds more than a tad racist itself (Dec. 11, Page A1).

I think it would have been more appropriate to, first, began with a "former pipeline worker" who is suing his former employer for alleged discrimination in the workplace and then explain that Charles Adams is black, following up with the nature of the alleged events.

Yes, I think it is very important to address a person by name before labeling him. Maybe the style of this piece meets modern journalism standards; I don't know. But I found it to be in poor taste, if not outright offensive.

Lisa Peterka

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