As an African American woman I almost wept while reading the Playboy Interview with Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers (February). Once again a prominent black male marries a white woman and plunges a dagger of indifference into the hearts of his black sisters. How can he speak with love and sensitivity for his wife while figuratively slapping all black women in the face?
Kaneesha Worsham Oakland, California
As a veteran teacher in the New York City public schools, I take issue with Odom's remarks regarding my work environment. The public schools are not "horrible," as he claims. I teach in Jamaica, Queens near the neighborhood where he grew up and have had some wonderful pedagogical experiences there. Although I applaud Odom for bucking the long odds to become an NBA star, my school would be concerned if one of our student athletes spent class time perfecting his autograph, as Odom
says he did. For thousands of young people, including many immigrants, Jamaica is already a place of dreams. Not everyone there is fantasizing about making an escape.
J. Bryan McGeever Stony Brook, New York