Re "Rockwell's lesson: Focus on human potential" (Viewpoints, Dec. 29) and "For Kwanzaa, a story of courage" (Our Region, Dec. 29): In her glowing assessment of Norman Rockwell's works and her pining for all things pre-1963, it sounds like Margaret A. Bengs would fit right in with the editorial staff of the Saturday Evening Post of that era.
Because, apparently, as we learn in another article, Rockwell was allowed to depict African Americans only as servants and the Saturday Evening Post anted idealized images of white Americans celebrating Christmas. And most importantly, we also learned -- no thanks to Bengs -- that it was only after Rockwell left the Saturday Evening Post that he used his art to champion equal rights for all Americans. In Bengs' world, Rockwell's work appears to have ended at the Saturday Evening Post, a real disservice to a fine artist.
-- Powell Svendsen, Rancho Murieta