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Polarizing bishop

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Re the May 30 response by Bishop Charles Norris to Richard Reif’s opposition to CUNY granting an honorary Ph.D. to the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bishop could use a lesson in tolerance by respecting the opinions of others (“Respect Rev. Sharpton” and “No CUNY Ph.D. for Sharpton,” April 18):

Mr. Reif is one of your most intelligent letter writers, yet Bishop Norris labels him as a “nut” and calls his views “really out of this world.” Yet, many would oppose an honorary Ph.D. for Reverend Al, not just Mr. Reif. Has the bishop forgotten about the entire Tawana Brawley affair championed by Sharpton, for which he has still never apologized?

Then the bishop criticizes the neighborhood Mr. Reif lives in because it is “white.” Yet if someone criticized the bishop for living in a black neighborhood, if that is the case, that would be considered racist. Living in a white neighborhood does not mean someone is living in the clouds and is not able to see reality as the bishop is implying. Bishop Norris is just as polarizing as his idol Reverend Al.

Like Mr. Reif, I also graduated CUNY many decades ago when a CUNY undergraduate degree meant something. Today, some college students must first take remedial reading to prepare them to take college courses, but they never should have been allowed to graduate high school without learning basic skills. If Sharpton is granted a Ph.D., then a CUNY Ph.D. will also have no meaning.

Allan Rosen
Brooklyn

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