That the sight of even a middle-aged black executive can instill fears of victimization in white women (“The Clutch of Fear,” August 18) is a testament to the degree of social isolation that still exists between the races.

As a result of the amount of racial segregation that still exists both between the city and the suburbs, and within each of those sectors, many whites–like it or lump it–form their images of blacks mainly on the basis of the media, whose tendency to stereotype was discussed so insightfully by Monroe Anderson in the story.

The only solution to racial isolation is long-term: Make sure that both city and suburbs are rich in amenities, schools, and services that will keep them attractive and affordable to people of all races and classes, as well as fostering more diverse media images of blacks and other minorities.

Mitchell A. Pravatiner

S. Oglesby