Getting to the root of the problem

I was a little disturbed by the opinion-page article ``What's Black and White and Divided All Over?'' Nov. 25. The statements ``subliminal appeal to racism ... demagoguery of white candidates ... and tapping into centuries of racial stereotypes and discrimination... '' contained strong words for what may be honest differences of opinion.

If we are to make significant strides toward substantial progress with our collective problems we must overcome the urge to see every statement and every action only in terms of racism. If we don't understand the causes of our problems, then we won't know whether our proposed solutions will alleviate or aggravate the problems. Let's hear more discussion of the causes before we all start pitching our favorite solutions. H.A. Gardner, Goleta, Calif.

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