Although a few correspondents expressed regret that Brad Pitt
is, for the moment, romantically attached (PEOPLE, Jan. 15), most seemed to approve of his current relationship. Readers black and white applauded our report on the indignities—and worse—sometimes inflicted on black males by police.
The women in my family are sad to see that Brad is no longer available, but we are glad he has chosen a woman like Gwyneth Paltrow
. Thanks, Brad, for choosing a real woman and not some blonde Hollywood bimbo.
WENDY THOMPSON, Little Rock
Your story should be retitled "Brad Pitt
in Love—Again!" This guy sounds like a TV rerun. I don't put much stock in Hollywood relationships, especially the ones that get so much hype, and I see no exception here. I never heard of Gwyneth Paltrow
before, but I'm sure her agent is jumping for joy and doing cartwheels in his office right now.
PATI GABRIEL, Des Moines
Brad scooping up after his gal pal's pooch? This is news? I imagine the next slow week will bring a PEOPLE cover screaming "Brad Buys a Sofa."
JANE A. PEARSON, Houston
As a 35-year-old African-American male, I can relate to your story. I have an MBA from the College of William and Mary and have been employed by a large computer company for over 10 years, but if I'm not in shirt and tie I am still stopped by the cops, since no young man like myself should be able to legally afford to drive a car like I do, or belong in the neighborhood where I live. I have been held at gunpoint, face down in the street, for having a cellular phone and beeper, since I fit the "profile" of someone who is a criminal.
I am a 26-year-old Caucasian female, and I found this article very disillusioning. Growing up I was taught and believed that policemen and policewomen were our protectors. How sad that African-American children cannot, in good faith, be taught the same thing.
At a time when race relations are at an all-time low, perhaps this article will give the masses some idea why African-Americans do not trust the police. It is not that we feel that most police officers are bad; it's just that there are some who feel justified in harassing black men. As the mother of four sons, I fear for their safety. I constantly remind them that they have no rights if they are stopped by police. They must submit to whatever they are asked to do without question; it may save their lives.
JUNE TAYLOR WILLIAMS
No wonder blacks cheered when O.J. was acquitted! If I had been seen as "guilty" all my life because of my color, I would believe O.J. was innocent too.
KYLE UPHOFF-WASOWSKI, Winfield, Ill.
The stories in this article are certainly travesties of justice, but they are not limited to black people. The same thing happens to people of all races every day in this country, including white people. We are no longer innocent until proven guilty. In the eyes of police, everyone is guilty until proven innocent.
J. ARMSTRONG, Boston
EMILY THE COW
What a very fortunate cow Emily was to have escaped from certain death and to be rescued by Meg Randa, her husband, Lewis, and friends. They have my greatest admiration. If people had the opportunity to witness the demise of these innocent creatures and the distribution of their parts, maybe there would be fewer meat-eaters and fewer Emilys meeting a predetermined fate.
RICHARD LIMBREY, Beaufort, S.C.
Why is it that some animals we call pets and others we call dinner? Ask yourself, "Did my food once have a face?" You don't need meat to survive, people! Think about it! What if you were a cow?
GALE SCULLEY, Corinth, Miss.
It's pretty hard for me to believe Madonna
could be afraid of a stalker when she's brave enough to wear some of the clothes she does.
MARY LOU BANTEL