Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Complaints are unfounded

I was perturbed to read Mr. Ken Sangha's letter wherein he overheard someone refer to him as a f---ing Indian. Also having migrated from India and living in the Wood River Valley and recognizing our country's racial sensitivity and political correctness, I am compelled to state my point of view:

Having lived in our country for over 50 years and in the Wood River Valley for 22, I have never had a negative racial or region-of-origin experience. We are treated with respect and dignity in the Wood River Valley and my co-dependency issues are compelling me to apologize for the race card that, seems to me, had been played in Mr. Sangha's letter.

He overheard a conversation. Many times we talk about people in private or in our thoughts and describe them by their obvious identity—Indian, African, black, white, thin, fat, etc. Any adjective before that description is specific to the person and not stereotyping the entire category. Deservedly, I have been referred to with worse monikers than f---ing. It is a personal matter and not of race.

Pawan Mehra

Sun Valley

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