DEAR READERS: If you have been reading this column for the last two days, you will have seen that racism is an issue that troubles many of us. Today will be my last in this series.
DEAR ABBY: You can't teach your children to be on the defensive, as one of your black readers wrote, without having these children LOOKING for discrimination. A basic law of physics teaches us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In life, sometimes there's an overreaction. Our best defenses against discrimination are education, patience, understanding and time. And remember, we educate our children every day, by our words, our deeds, our values -- and most of all -- by our thoughts. -- ANDERSON, S.C., READER
DEAR READER: That's true. Children form their attitudes by watching their parents -- often when the parents don't realize they are being watched. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: I am a bus driver and have had the opportunity to meet white racists and black racists -- and believe me, there are both.
The vast majority of people are not prejudiced. They are cautious, as well they should be. The whites, blacks, reds and yellows mostly want to just be accepted as another person on this planet.
We aren't going to become color-blind, ethnic-blind or religious-blind just by snapping our fingers and passing a couple of laws. We can only control ourselves, and hope that our own attitude will rub off on those around us. May God have mercy on us if this attitude isn't one of love. -- PROUD MINNESOTAN