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A Helpful Article by Charles Blow

Charles Blow, a longtime editorial columnist for the New York Times, has a helpful article that discusses "institutionalized racism." Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/opinion/charles-blow-confederate-flags-and-institutional-racism.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0

Mr. Blow's article addresses this problem, but I wish he had provided some specific examples of institutionalized racism. At the same time, I understand why that would be hard to do. Successfully defining institutionalized racism really WOULD be like fish describing the water they live in. It's good for some fish, but not so good for others. How does one identify which elements need to be changed so the water is good for all the fish? That is not easy. However, in the United States, exactly that definition is vital to our future as a nation.

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