A Matter Of Opinion

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007, 6:59 P.M.

A lesson in race relations

Shortly after the killing spree at Virginia Tech, Sen. Paul Shinn, a soft-spoken and respected member of the Washington Legislature, rose on the Senate floor in Olympia. He wanted to tell his colleagues how painful it was to him to learn that a fellow Korean American was to blame for this tragedy at the other end of the nation. Shinn was emotional, but under control. He was almost apologetic, as though he bore some responsibility.
Those who specialize in matters of race relations tell us that being a member of a minority group means having to answer for the behavior of others whose ethnicity you share.
How unfair.




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