Meaghan Byrne’s letter in the February 2021 issue of PAW regarding systemic racism more than anything else demonstrates her own systemic racism toward the “older alumni” whom she appears to assume do not belong to a minority race. She even stoops to name calling (a tool often used by those who have a weak argument) when she uses her own pejorative analogy to call older alumni absolute fossils. However, the tone and content of her letter demonstrate both her ageism and (to use an analogy which her letter brings to mind) her resemblance to “the pot calling the kettle black,” an analogy which she will undoubtedly mistakenly attribute to my being “systemically racist.”

Stephen R. Dartt ’72
Lilburn, Ga.