Everyone’s too afraid to discuss race

John Swissler Jr.
Madison, WI

It is usually said that the two topics you never raise in polite conversation are religion and politics. But my experience is that most people can have a far more useful conversation about either of those than they can about issues surrounding race. Gunnar Myrdal is still right: it remains America’s dilemma. We avoid discussing that which we won’t/can’t discuss. This is equally true of liberals, conservatives, whites, blacks, and other racial groups. It is disheartening. If you raise concerns regarding affirmative action you are a racist; if you point out the legacy of racism you excuse poor choices and behavior.


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