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Letters: Racism and housing on LI

Students work together in a makeshift classroom at

Students work together in a makeshift classroom at a homeless shelter in Commack on Feb. 12, 2014. Credit: Daniel Brennan

I am immensely relieved to see columnist Lane Filler acknowledge racism on Long Island ["Long Island's different style of racism," Opinion, Aug. 27].

Articles posted on draw hateful comments echoing racial stereotypes, and it turns my stomach to think that these people are my neighbors. I sincerely hope there will be more reporting to illuminate our troubling policies and habits, so that my future children won't grow up thinking this behavior is acceptable.

Sarah Moeller, Massapequa

We all know that many poor people on Long Island are African-Americans and Latinos. The Sept. 2 letter "Rich and poor should live apart" is another vain attempt to disguise racial bigotry with monetary elitism.

Being poor doesn't mean that one is less equal. The Constitution does not use relative wealth as an exception to its creed that "All men are created equal."

For example, think of a single mom trying to raise her two kids on an income of $25,000 a year. There are many in this situation who earn even less. Would you deny them a rent subsidy so they could live in decent housing with their wealthier neighbors? For the sake of this country, I hope not.

Harvey Weiss, Port Jefferson