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And the winner is ...

(In response to The N Word: "Nobody Knows My Name" by Nsenga Burton, Aug. 15) Congratulations! In a Southern city, the home of NASCAR and a well-known redneck mecca nonetheless, you have managed to win the title of "biggest racist"!

Your columns are drivel, possessing the logical prowess of a fourth grader and the race-baiting hate speak of Malcolm X.

As long as African-Americans adopt your blame-it-on-whitey "zeitgeist," they will continue to find themselves ridiculed and belittled ... not because they are black, but because they are stupid.

-- Jason Williams, Charlotte

A pat on the head

I really enjoyed the article (The N Word: "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" by Nsenga Burton, Aug. 8). It was very well thought out. I will continue to look for more from her. Keep up the good work. I love Creative Loafing!

-- Anthony Rose, Charlotte

Sam's the man

I enjoyed your article on Elvis Presley and the enormous changes he brought about in American music and culture (Boomer With Attitude: "Not Just a Fat Guy in Sequins" by John Grooms, Aug. 8). I disagree on one point, however: He didn't do it "all by himself." A huge amount of credit is due to the late Sam Phillips of Sun Records. He made it possible for the world to hear Elvis, along with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and a host of black performers.

Perhaps a future article could explore the contributions to our society made by this visionary record company owner, recording engineer and producer.

-- Carl King, Charlotte

Raise your fists

I would like to commend Mike McCray for his contribution to the "Power to the People" cover story ("Organize a Boycott," Aug. 8). In a time when everyone is constantly complaining about being jerked around by their elected officials for their own special interests, it's nice to know something can be done to protect the little guy, who makes up the other 90 percent of the population. Here's my solution: Instead of constantly begging for something that was originally yours all the time from your elected officials, find a way to get rid of the incumbents that only support special interests by limiting their time in office to only one four-year term. As stated in the article, it can be started with a petition and then eventually entered on the ballot for a vote by the people. If this is done at every level of government -- city, county, state and federal -- then the power of the government will be limited and the original power will be returned once again to the people. Any volunteers?

-- Susan Carter, Charlotte

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