Avoiding trouble is not bigotry [Letter]

I enjoyed Fred L. Pincus' commentary, "We cannot give in to bigotry" (May 30). In his second paragraph he stated that "after seeing two young black men walking toward me" he asked the question, "should I have crossed the street?" He chose to keep walking toward them and to be politically correct — and then robbed with a gun held to his head.

While he says he has taught his students there is a grain of truth in racial stereotypes, he did not follow his own gut feeling to avoid the possible problem by crossing the street. Having worked in the city as a sales representative for many years, I believe my instincts protected me by warning me well in advance of possible unsafe conditions. When I would come out of a building, I would look in all directions to see what was the safest path to my vehicle or my next appointment. One must never take his eye off the ball.

Mr. Pincus also writes that Mark Cuban "is right that we are all affected by stereotypes." The Dallas Mavericks owner has also said he would cross the street to avoid a white, bald, tattooed man and Mr. Pincus states that "he is wrong about simply accepting this as a fact of life." He adds, "We don't have to let our behavior be governed by bigotry."

There is nothing bigoted about self-preservation!

Paul Johnson, Timonium

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