Look, folks, we all have our primitive egos tribally hardwired, so in effect we are all racist at the lowest possible level. No race is immune to this negative imprinting. Fortunately many of us have evolved a higher intellect to see the destructive aspects of the tribal impulse and thus the good sense to rise above it. This is especially critical in a multicultural society. Indeed, only ignorant, crude people wallow in the destructive side of their tribal impulse.

And of course leaders are doubly accountable for rising above the stupid. Anything else is national and personal suicide.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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