Re "Not much progress on dream" (Letters, Sept. 2): It is sad that anyone had to endure the blatant racism that letter writer Jerry Martin experienced. It is also unfortunate that so many people are unemployed, regardless of their race.
However, implying that a disproportionate number of minorities are unemployed as the result of racism is a false argument. There is no basis for assuming that because X percent of a population is considered a minority that they should account for the same percentage of unemployment, or any other measure. The fact that non-minorities are under-represented in sports does not mean that is a result of racism any more that racism is the cause of minority unemployment.
Let's start addressing the real causes of this disparity, such as poverty, lack of family support and a culture that glorifies violence.
-- Tom Rogers, Roseville