Originally created 02/04/01

Suspects reporting for WSRC editorial

Regarding the Jan. 9 editorial, "Anti-nuclear lies":

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that one day we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character. The dream is still in a vision as illustrated by The Chronicle writer of the editorial.

The writer accused the blacks at Westinghouse Savannah River Co., who have filed lawsuits, of lying about the working conditions of their environment. Again, the color of the skin is the determining factor in the writer's mind. Why is it the blacks are lying? Why can't it be WSRC, which is basically a white-organized structure, that is lying? The editorial writer demonstrates stereotyping.

I would like to ask the author of this outrageous allegation who taught himher how to perform investigative reporting, fact-finding techniques, information gathering? How many African-Americans at WSRC were interviewed? Who in WSRC was interviewed to receive statistics of complaints filed by African-Americans in unfairness of various categories of work practices such as promotions, pay raises, training, radiation job exposure, etc.?

Did the reporter access the DOE-SRS Website and review the organizational structure of the plant? Did the reporter access the department organizational charts to see what positions African-Americans are assigned? Did the reporter obtain statistics on how many African-Americans with bachelor degrees, masters degrees, and doctorate degrees are employed at that site and are still sitting in entry-level positions? ...

P. Pollock, Aiken


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