Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Define Racism. (Letters)

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Define Racism. (Letters)

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I can't think of the last time I read a piece as silly and uninformative as the February Reader Survey ("Are U.S. CATHOLIC readers racist?"). Whoever designed the questionnaire should be sent to a few elementary courses in U.S. and world history.

Racism used to mean something specific. Now it describes everything from murderous, anti-Christian ideologies such as those espoused by the Klan or Adolf Hitler to uneasiness in the presence of a group of African American male teenagers or "fear of the unknown." Racism can be an "economic phenomenon" or "stereotyping." It can be unintentional or witting. The article even has that silliest of all contemporary mantras that racism is as "bad" today as it was in the past, but only more subtle.

How can anyone think clearly about our society and its problems, let alone deal with them, when one cannot even make the most elementary intellectual distinctions? …

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