Dear Mr. Stanford;
I just finished reading your column entitled "Reflections on reality of racism" and I would like to offer a few thoughts on the subject.
If I have absorbed the basic jist of your commentary, it is that there are racist structures in place in society that may not be the result of individual racial intent.
Perhaps so. If so, then the collective "we" are not evil racists, just bumbling idiots.
And indeed I think this is the case. I will offer a few examples.
Public schools are failing in urban areas, with black students harmed the most. One way to counter this problem is to increase the options available to black students, and others, through school vouchers. This common sense approach to education reform is vigorously opposed by the teachers unions throughout our country.
Many suburban areas restrict residential development to large homes on large lots. These restrictions are often praised as environmentally responsible developments that preserve green space. Perhaps they do, but they also limit the property rights of individuals while also ensuring that no low income housing is developed in those areas. This keeps many blacks locked in the urban ghettoes.
If there is a sure fire way to impede the progress of blacks in this country, it is to herd them into ghettoes and force them into failing schools. The common thread of these public policies is that they are applauded by liberals. Whether these liberals are overtly racist or bumbling idiots matters not to the blacks, and others, harmed by their policies.
I will be posting my response to you on my blog, FreeRacine.blogspot.com. Feel free to respond to my e-mail, if you wish, on my site. Thank you.