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Press: We’re all racists

In a recent editorial, Editor Mike Patrick of the Coeur d'Alene Press comments:

The late writer and lecturer Lois Mark Stalvey, in her later years, taught a course on racism at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She opened every class with a simple but stunning declaration: “I am a racist.” If anybody could cop a plea to being free from racism, Stalvey should be at the front of the line. She dedicated most of her life to fighting racism and other forms of prejudice. Author of an outstanding book called “The Education of a WASP,” Stalvey was the subject of a 1974 Time magazine feature story that referred to the former Philadelphia resident’s work as “a remarkable chronicle of a white family’s confrontation with inner-city schools and a harsh indictment of an educational system that is a disaster for most of its pupils.” Stalvey understood that the first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have one. More here.

Question: Do you consider yourself to be a racist, to any extent?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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