I sympathize with all you say, but the hard fact is that nature needs to bear as much or more responsibility than unsophisticated Whites for bad behavior. It’s that nasty negative hardwired tribal impulse within all of us to fear and hate the “other” that’s at the heart of the problem. It’s about time folks who understand this begin to underline that central fact. Not to excuse bad behavior but to encourage folks to rise above it.

Enhanced intellect is always the cure for xenophobia. Push that notion hard.

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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