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Born and raised in the Deep South in the ’40s and ’50s, I witnessed many horrible acts against blacks. At age five or six, I saw a black man, his arms tied behind his back, being pushed through the woods by hooded white men. At that age, I knew this was a terrible thing. The memory has haunted me for years.

If there is one thing I have learned, though, it’s that, as history shows, once members of the oppressed are in the role of the oppressors, they behave exactly like the oppressors. (Some blacks had slaves in other countries.)

In other words, if blacks were the huge majority and whites the minority brought here as slaves, racism would be practiced to the degree it has been by whites. Many blacks would adhere to “being black.”

To deny this, I believe, is to help perpetuate what we hate about ourselves most.

Keep up the fight, but keep that in mind.

I have written about how blacks have been hurt by well-intended but ideologically blinded people:

“Why affirmative action failed black families where it matters most”

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