Crystal's not clear

To the editor:

I have finally figured out that Stephanie Pea still writes for the Cougar. Y'all have just slapped on a new picture and now she writes under the name Crystal Brown. The editorials she writes are just so DIM.

The Roseanne skit wouldn't have been so offensive if Brown had just GOTTEN the joke.

Steph...oops, Crystal, she was making fun of white people, not the African-American babies. It was intended to make the white women look like they were all getting the new status symbol. She would NOT put such an openly racist skit on television. She is not a stupid woman. She did not get where she is by being stupid. You are the only person that didn't get the joke. Everyone I have talked to got the joke. If you will just go out and catch a clue, I will buy it for you.

In another editorial, Brown wrote about racist issues such as Howard Stern being able to mock Selena after her death. True, what he did was in very poor taste. I did not think it was funny. But just what do you think should have been done to him? We are allowed to express opinions in this country and are guaranteed that right. What? We can call the president a womanizer and Rush Limbaugh a big fat idiot, but we can't say that poor Selena's music sucked? Strange point of view. It wasn't racism. It was just a matter of taste. I can't stand Tejano music either, but it has absolutely nothing to do with Hispanic people. I love Cuban and Spanish music. I agreed with Stern's opinion about Tejano music although it was not the best time or forum to address it.

Not everything is about racism. But you do need to look into these pro-censorship issues of yours, Crystal.

Marilyn Gerber

junior, business

Isn't it ironic?

To the editor:

I am calling into question Michael Chamberlain's beliefs. It is rather ironic that Chamberlain would hold a public conference, with media in attendance, to protest the United States for making an attack on free speech, and for its infringement of human rights by denying visas to two Cuban students.

I think Chamberlain is very confused. It is Cuba's government which has allowed no freedom of speech and which has made infringements of human rights since Fidel Castro took over in 1959. To allow these communist students to come here would be like letting burglars come into your own home.

I would be more than glad to support Chamberlain's organization if it tried to bring the two nations culturally together, but it would also have to denounce Fidel Castro's tyrannical government. I must stand opposed to Chamberlain's views until he sees that Castro is an evil man. Although communism has improved some things in Cuba, the few achievements do not outweigh the terrible state in which the country is in now. And do not blame the U.S. embargo for it. It is all Castro's fault!

For example, the literacy rate and educational system have improved. But this education is censored, and teachers must never oppose any of Castro's views. Also, books are not available that differ in views from those of Castro. Not only books, but television programs and radio stations are censored so that nothing that is anti-communist reaches the Cuban people. But in the United States, you can call a press conference and condemn the government very easily, or you can write articles, or have talk shows, or have organizations that are against the American government and the Constitution.

I personally do not agree with Chamberlain's decision to protest the U.S. decision, but I respect his decision to do so. In Cuba, you do not have that option of disagreeing with the government. If this incident was played out in Cuba, Chamberlain would now be in jail, if not dead.

Just look at Cuba s national baseball team. The players who make up the team are better off than most Cubans, and are privileged by the Cuban government. Still, it is believed that when they come to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, two-thirds of them will try to stay here in the United States. Just think how bad it must really be there instead of here.

If Chamberlain really wants to be a friend to Cuba and its people, he should denounce Castro's communism, and not the American government.

Nelson Gonzalez

sophomore, Spanish

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