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Race Becoming Focus of Arena Debate

Race has now become the focus of the debate over Bruce Ratner's planned Nets arena and mini-city in Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards. In an email, Ratner's most vocal critic described the project's African-American supporters as being beholden to their "wealthy white masters", setting off a firestorm that has led, so far, to an apology, more bitter comments by both sides and an obligatory appearance by the Rev. Al Sharpton, a key Ratner supporter.