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August 11, 2004

"Why am I the only honest bigot?"

Slate has a thoughtful article on how our disavowal of racism makes it harder to confront our own racist impulses. It's quite a confessional on the part of the author, who has more credentials than 99% of us if she wanted to simply declaim "I am not a racist." She also goes in a bit more for class struggle than is fashionable these days--and props for that. It's a good read, ending with this observation:

"It's not bigotry per se that hamstrings us in the struggle to achieve a just society. It's our inability to talk about and think our way through our preconceptions. We have to learn how to forgive each other, and more importantly ourselves, when we're stupid."

Posted by jay at August 11, 2004 01:49 PM | TrackBack
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