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I disagree with his fundamental assertion that systematic racism has been effectively eliminated

A good point worthy of deeper discussion.

Mr. Gutmann's definition focuses on the kind of overt racial discrimination that existed prior to the 1960s. As a personal point, I'm old enough to remember my dad taking me to a remodel job he was doing at one of Portland's finer golf courses, that had a sign in the glass door leading into the club house that said....and I remember this vividly...."We do not serve Jewish persons here". THAT IS RACISM. When the POTUS tells the nation we have 'Systemic Racism as a stain on our national soul', he is implicit in indicting all of us as racists that would readily put our symbolic knees on the neck of anyone who doesn't look like us. Biden could have qualified his statement to make it explicit on how this 'racism' existed before most listening to him were alive, and how through continued effort we no long must endure such abhorrent behavior and we must be diligent to see each other as equals, etc, etc, etc., and officer Chauvin is NOT representative of the vast majority, etc, etc....but he didn't. He...or his handlers...are content to leave the 'racist' brand on us.

Now, differentiate this from inherent differences we all have, one to another, and how we might react to that. Like all mammals, we are territorial and clannish. We tend to congregate with those who looks like us and share out beliefs. This is true across all races, both genders and cultures. It is a normal consequence of being human. Our tendency to stereotype and prejudge has always and will always be with us. What overcomes this is to get to know others and they get to know us, treat each other as we wish to be treated and so forth. But this is NOT RACISM.

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