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Don't Use The R Word

To The Editors:

In response to your May 22 cover story "Hunks On Wheels: How the Most Redneck Sport Became Sexy" (by Misty Herrin): I do not know if the author composed that headline, but I think some people might not find it as "cute" as others do. Most people dare not think about the word "redneck" before they utter it. In an age of Jeff Foxworthy's "You Might Be A Redneck If..." jokes and parody bands like Southern Culture On the Skids, it's easy for people to laugh at anything with a "hayseed" feel to it. But is that right? Why is it all right to throw around demeaning terms for one group of people, but not another? "Redneck" and "hick" are crowd-pleasing terms for any comedian to get some laughs, but any other race or nationality (international or regional) is off limits. For instance, let's change the headline. Let's say it was about young, hot NBA players. Would you dare call it "Hunks In Shorts: How the Most Crotch-Grabbing, Ghetto-Laden Sport Became Sexy." No, I don't think so. Please tell me how one set of bigoted jokes is acceptable and the other is not. And please do not come back with "The word 'redneck' isn't the same as other bigoted terms referring to minorities." That's crap. It unfailingly puts a shroud of inferiority over a whole demographic. And it's the only demographic that has this green light to get verbally trampled on by Hollywood, the media, and society in general.

Jeff Williams


Perkins' Picayune Pulitzer

To The Editors:

If they ever come up with a Pulitzer category for whining, Lucy Perkins is a sure-fire winner. Poor thing! A few months back she worked herself into a major tizzy because relatives of hers had the temerity to "pray for her," an act of Christian kindness she found totally offensive. Now co-workers have dared to invite her to their church. Have they no shame?! Here is a woman obviously hurting for something to write about. If the worst things in her life are being prayed for and being invited to church, then she needs a major perspective (and attitude) adjustment. May I suggest a six-month visit to Saudi Arabia or Iran? Perhaps a few months as a fundamentalist Muslim woman will convince her of just how picayune and tiresome her rants against Christians are becoming.

Gary Ludwick


Clueless In Church

To The Editors:

Thank you, thank you, Lucy Perkins, for telling the truth about people who feel they must bring up their religion -- let's tell it like it is, their Christian fundamentalist religion -- in the workplace every chance they get. What's with these people? Have they ever heard of live and let live? Or maybe just getting a clue? At one job a few years ago, I got so sick of having to fend off invitations from a couple of women in the office to attend church services, church picnics, church carnivals (I'm serious!), prayer groups, and other really thrilling church-related activities, I finally quit and started looking for another job. The trouble is, they won't take no for an answer, and they don't have any idea how damned aggravating they are to those who don't think like them. I often wondered how those two women would like it if I kept inviting them to something I enjoy, like shopping or working in the garden -- and then kept on asking them over and over and over again. The saddest thing, though, if they weren't such a pain, is that they act like they run the world, when the truth is that the world has passed them by and they don't have a clue.

Barbara S. Mattie


That Article Was Dope

To The Editors:

I just finished reading Greg Baker's article on coffee addiction ("Coffee Jones," May 29) and it is a riot. I love the way he "accurately" associated buying coffee with copping illegal drugs. Especially the "boy" and "girl" references. As someone who has extensive past knowledge of the drug trade, I found this article hilarious. I just wanted to relate to Greg a warm thanks for the moment this morning.

Name Withheld By Request

This Time It's Personal

To The Editor:

I am a musician and member of two well-regarded local bands, Dead Letter Office and the Turnstiles. In response to Tim C. Davis' recent opinion of the music at Speed Street: "Not to mention the music. Frankly, most of the music was a bit dodgy at best, and downright horrendous at worst. . ." (Scene & Herd, May 29). Well, you should have asked the 300 people dancing in front of us at our set at Speed Street on Friday. Screw you, man. Start your own band -- and when you are good enough, you open for Steppenwolf. Sure, they may be past their prime, but I take that personally. I'm not speaking only for myself, but many hard-working Charlotte bands that work dayjobs then play all night. When you hit the stage and do well, then you can offer opinions of local (and national) musicians. . .If you are a musician, let me know when your next gig is, and I'll write in to the Loaf with my opinion.

Michael Perry


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