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Good post. I rec'd it even though I don't necessarily agree with all of his observations because it was so well written and expressive of the authors viewpoint.

I disagree with his fundamental assertion that systematic racism has been effectively eliminated. To that point I offer no proof other than my own mental processes and the tendency to stereotype and judge a book by its cover. Over the years I have recognized this and worked to temper it, but I have no doubt that it has impacted my actions to create an artificial barrier to the deserving. I still have such thoughts today, they are part of a normal experience process, but have conditioned myself to question the validity of my thought before proceeding.

At the same time I have to agree with many Mr Gutmann's. The overcompensation by organizations to address the problem, is at times just as bad. The preoccupation with political correctness has swung too far in the direction of the perceived need to protect others feelings and correct phantom wrongs. If you constantly abuse people or overly cocoon people, the result is the same: they will not learn, because we learn from experience. There is a happy path, somewhere in the middle. The challenge is to find it, while having a free and open dialog, that acknowledges the problems of the extremes. If that can be done without resorting to stereotypes, either racial or political, even better.
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