I’m confused by the furor over the failure of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to nominate any minorities for Oscars in acting categories [“Promising changes,” News, Jan. 20].

Isn’t such a selection supposed to be color blind?

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Spike Lee said there should be some kind of “quota” system to ensure that films by and about minority individuals get made. Wouldn’t that be a giant step backward for our country?

Our selection processes — in sports and entertainment, as well as in the business and academic worlds — should be color blind. The only way to destroy racism is to have people judged only by their ability.

Mike Polansky, Plainview