Note: Each year I prepare a New Years' message for my Naples Daily News column. This year, my own complicity in racism is on my mind. It is my own story.
After decades of struggle, many say that America remains a racist country. Disagreeing, other thoughtful people point to national efforts like the Great Society, the War on Poverty, Affirmative Action, and school bussing as evidence that racism has been left behind. They point out that a black family lives in the White House.
I know from personal experience that racism has little to do with these worthwhile efforts, important as they were. No, racism is about nothing but the condition of your own heart. How do I know? That is the story.
A Story About Imprinting
In a process psychologists call ‘imprinting’, young animals ‘latch onto’ the first face they see when eyes are first opened. Efforts to help the Whooping