Puzzles: Eliminating Subtle and Overt Forms of Racism – Santa Cruz Sentinel

When I retire, I enjoy solving puzzles in Sentinel almost every morning, including “7 Little Words”. Imagine my discomfort on August 9 when I discovered that the solution to “ostracizing” was “black balls”. I know this is a syndicated product of Blue Ox Family Games and no one at the Sentinel is directly responsible for it, but I think the Sentinel should screen other people’s material before it goes to print or at least give feedback to the seller.

The language I grew up with included many similar derogatory words and phrases, such as “black sheep”, “blacklist”, and “blackmail”. As I matured, I tried to eliminate subtle and overt forms of racism from my behavior. Although I will probably never fully succeed, I think the effort is important and I urge the Sentinel to do the same.

—Robert Cooper, Santa Cruz

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