I agree with letter writer Gail Householder about the intensity of opposition to the president, but unlike her and her friends, most of my white friends do believe there has been remarkable evidence of racism in the vitriolic attacks against President Obama ("No racism here, Mr. Pitts," Aug. 11).

Anyone is entitled to agree or disagree with a political leader. But to deny there is racial hatred in this case is to deny the obvious. Mr. Pitts stated in his column why he reached this conclusion, and he actually provided supporting evidence, while your letter writer provides absolutely none to support calling Mr. Obama a "Marxist."

An elderly, racist neighbor stopped me on the street more than a year ago to advise me that President Obama is a socialist, a fascist and a communist. It didn't make any sense then and it doesn't make any sense now.

We know that racism is not dead, and we know who the racists are. They have identified themselves over the years by their racist conversations and "jokes."

Most people who grew up in that toxic environment have moved on. But there are still some people who seem stuck in the old ways. I fail to understand the "strong moral beliefs" claimed by your reader. Her letter really speaks for itself.

Edward McCarey McDonnell, Baltimore