THE QUESTION OF RACE AND A MORE SOLID BROTHERHOOD

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

WHATEVER ONE'S TAKE on the recent incident involving the African-American Harvard professor, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, policeman, and the subsequent comment by President Obama, it's clear that America still has a long way to go in letting go of its fixation on race.

Although the occupant of the White House is a man of color, old attitudes and perceptions haven't changed in some hearts. And as a dad, I can attest that there have been many moments of sincere prayer on my part to protect my sons, now confident young men, from the effects of racial profiling, taunts, and slurs, coming sometimes from unexpected places. The president has referred to this incident as a "teachable moment" for all of America. If so, we need to move from the concept of just reconciling one side with another (which implies that there will always be sides), to putting the brotherhood of all on a more solid basis than that of human idealism. Then we'll need to prove it, to walk the talk.

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