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In response to:

The Jolly Institution from the May 2, 1974 issue

To the Editors:

Why does The New York Review so consistently turn over books on the Black experience to non-Black reviewers?

Are there no Black scholars and writers?

Generally the reviews are superficial. The latest disaster was handing over to an ex-“Southern liberal,” C. Vann Woodward, the publishing industry’s latest public relations package: Time on the Cross by Fogel and Engerman [NYR, May 2].

Is it another indication of “liberal” racism that there are no recognizable names of Blacks on The New York Review’s editorial board?

L.D. Reddick

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania