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August 28, 2013

U.S. still needs racial progress

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NORMAN —

On the other hand, there remains a gulf between the races in America. And so long as problems within black neighborhoods are viewed as something separate from the nation as a whole, they will persist.

Ironically, while President Obama may be well positioned to understand the problems of race in America, he has been unable to do much about it. Obama’s status as the nation’s first black president makes it difficult for him to tackle race matters head-on.

But they need to be tackled in some fashion — and not just by a president. All Americans have a role in issues of race. That means refusing to pretend problems don’t exist or that they are someone else’s responsibility.

It also means rejecting those of various colors and political persuasions who find benefit in playing the blame game and avoiding accountability.

The next phase in achieving Martin Luther King’s dream must consist of a positive and constructive racial engagement in America. It will be achieved with honesty and humility, not finger pointing and denial.

— New Castle, Pa., News

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