The Common Good
November 2013

How to Eradicate Racism

by Michael Hendrickson | November 2013

I find Rose Marie Berger’s 'Why Are White People So Mean?' (August 2013) inflammatory and utterly offensive. Judging people on their merit and performance is the imperative by which I live my life. Framing any argument based on skin color or a perceived historical or cultural bias is counterproductive.

We should treat people as people, not as one group pitted against another. I’m very sorry that this nation was formed on the back of African slaves, but I’ve never owned a person. Forming relationships based on trust and respect is the only meaningful way that all Americans can work to eradicate racism.

Michael Hendrickson
State College, Pennsylvania

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