Re "Shrew Versus Shrewd," July 28: While Mary McNamara bemoans the institutional sexism of a film industry that confines white women in lead roles to socially challenged "shrews," she conveniently ignores the egregious institutional racism of an industry that renders women of color virtually invisible.

Not one of the actresses that she cites in her comparison of the relative diversity of TV character roles to the wasteland of mainstream film roles is an actress of color. Jim Crow sexism is alive and well at The Times and in Hollywood.

Sikivu Hutchinson

Los Angeles

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