I am not sure where to start, or end, with this, since I deeply resent Leonard Pitts Jr.'s racist commentary that appears weekly in The Sun. As a center-right member of GOP, I think the answer to many of our problems is for people to get an education ( I am 64 and taking a class to better myself ) and work hard and smart (not dream of entitlements and taking other people's money as President Barack Obama and Mr. Nanny, Gov. Martin O'Malley, do ).

But in his recent column ("Why conservatives shouldn't talk about race: Exhibit A," Nov. 6), Mr. Pitts makes the comment that conservatives "never stood with, or up for, black people." That is patently a falsehood. What about President Abraham Lincoln and the Union soldiers who might have been Republicans who fought for the right of black slaves in the Civil War? Seems to me that George W. Bush had some fine blacks in his inner circle like Condoleezza Rice. I could go on.

I have to stop reading Mr. Pitts column. I have always promoted diversity in the workplace, but reading his writings is making me think I should change my ways

Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville