You are quite right about American institutional racism, but Maria in this instance is a poor example. Her drug problem is all tangled up in her normal meds. Moreover I know of no example of her being an overt racist.

Now having said this, every human is a racist to one degree or the other. It is the natural negative offset of tribalism — those like me are good and those unlike me are evil. It take a bit of sophistication to rise above this hardwired negative offset of the “other.” Indeed, it is fairly easy to gain cooperation from likes and to initiate conflict between opposites — a massive universal flaw as seen from our more enlightened human perspective.

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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