Jack E. White's attack on Salon columnist David Horowitz as a racist propagandist ("A Real, Live Bigot," Aug. 30) is grossly false and unfair. While Mr. Horowitz's conservative polemics often contain tough rhetoric that is rarely found in the bland discourse of American media, he has never expressed racist sentiments in Salon, nor would we publish such hateful views. I have known Mr. Horowitz for many years and I respect his attempt to break through our country's strangled dialogue about race with bracing commentary that challenges conventional wisdom on both the right and left. Unfortunately, Mr. White's unjustified ad hominem assault on Mr. Horowitz illustrates all too clearly how stultifyingly predictable our racial conversation has become.
San Francisco, CA