Letter: Condon `myopic'

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Sir: With the greatest of respect to the Rev John Thewlis (letter, 26 February) whom I know by reputation as a good and generous man, it has to be pointed out that he always wears his cleric's garb when he is out in the community and I would be very surprised if people did not watch what they were saying in his presence.

I have lived in this area for 13 years, not very far from where Stephen was murdered. I am white and am regularly appalled by what my neighbours think is perfectly acceptable to say.

A great number of the people who live here are disgustingly, sickeningly racist. It is part of the culture. I have heard things said that I could hardly bear to repeat and often from people who preface what they say with "I am not racist but ..."

LESLEY DAVIS

London SE9

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