Letters: Race Relations, Cal Poly Michele Norris and Melissa Block read listener responses to NPR's coverage of Sen. Barack Obama's speech on race and politics in Philadelphia, and a correction to a story about Cal Poly San Louis Obispo's partnership with a Saudi university.
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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

It's time for a few of your comments on yesterday's program.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

And we begin with a reaction to Senator Obama's speech on race and politics.

Michele talked with columnist Joe Klein of Time magazine, and Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post, and the conversation drew a lot of e-mail.

NORRIS: Well done, writes Thomas Kauffman(ph) of Salem, Virginia, but why, why, why did you completely avoid mentioning that Robinson is black and Klein is white, because someone might take offense?

BLOCK: Listener Ted Faust(ph) had this reaction: I have a 50-year old white male Reagan Republican. However, I found Mr. Obama's candid comments to be a breath of fresh air. I have been waiting years for some politician to just tell the truth. And today, he did. Hope he keeps it up.

NORRIS: As part of our coverage, NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty brought us a profile of Jeremiah Wright's religious roots - something called Black Liberation Theology.

BLOCK: Your history of Black Liberation preaching has certainly taught me something new, writes Timalin James(ph) of Fontana, Wisconsin, and for that, I am grateful. However, I was offended by your report's implication that I should know how black people worship. James continues, I feel very unwelcome in the black community. I am interested in attending worship with my neighbor, black, Muslim, Christian, or Jew, but am I welcome?

NORRIS: Finally, a correction. In a recent story about Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo's partnership with a Saudi university that excludes women engineering students, we mentioned that UC Berkeley has struck a similar deal with another Saudi college that segregates women.

BLOCK: Actually, according to UC Berkeley, the university that it is partnering with, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is expected to have fully integrated classes when it opens next year.

NORRIS: If you have a correction or a comment for us, please write. Just go to npr.org/contact.

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