Conversations on race

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Cynthia M. Allen’s latest diatribe entitled “Can we have a courageous discussion about race?” turned hilarious when she posited that Paul Ryan was a victim of race-baiting critics.

For the record, here is the offending quote that got him so much heat:

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

Critics call it “Paul Ryan’s disqualifying dog whistle.” This means he was sending a secondary message criticizing welfare as a “dog whistle” to racists.

Anecdotal generalizations are the bane of good debate and “courageous discussion.”

Bullying the poor and weak is all too easy for his ilk and shuts down conversations long before they can even begin.

— David T. Johnson,

North Richland Hills

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