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Racism cannot be dismissed with stories

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Letters

The Law Society, the Bar Council, even the Metropolitan Police, try somewhat haphazardly to tackle institutional racism, sexism and homophobia. Regardless of jesuitical conjecture (Letters, AJ 1.3.01), the figures show that architecture still employs its genius to favour white males of the middle classes.

The pseudo-feminist brickbats hurled at Paul Hyett's fluffy head by Professor Till, and Alan Kennedy's feeble anecdotes, appear meretricious and selfserving. Kennedy's protoeugenicist 'other peoples may find architecture irrelevant' is akin to the statement made by an external examiner, failing a black student: 'Coloured people can't think in three dimensions.'

Hyett is well-intentioned and seems determined to drag the architectural profession into the twenty-first century. Some of us would like to agree with his answer to the question: 'Is architecture in Britain hideously white?'Yes it is.

Elsie Owusu, Elsie Owusu Architects

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