John Swissler Jr.
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.