We hear our black brethren assure those of us who don't go along with their thinking that there is no possibility of a black person harboring bitter ill will or ill manners toward whites simply because of their color; in other words "racism."
The reason universally given for blacks not being racist is "we don't have" controlling power, and therefore are not capable of hatred toward whites.
This nonsensical notion is readily observed in the utterances of blacks at all educational levels, which is in itself somewhat frightening.
An example of this appeared in The Chronicle April 11 with the headline "`Yes, sir' mandate resisted." The subhead reads, "Black lawmakers say character proposal is overtly racist, Hodges spokesman contends respect is colorblind."
This black brain trust composed of Democratic South Carolinians feels it's wrong to teach a young children to respect their teachers and others because if they learn to say "yes, ma'am, no, ma'am" or "yes, sir, no, sir," then this shows subservient obedience.
Mr. Ripley would like to have this one. This person named Leon Howard, D-Columbia, who is a state representative, goes on record as saying to require, let's say, first graders to learn respect and develop character by saying "yes, sir," is to be an Uncle Tom.
The thinking of this politician, along with his cohorts like President Clinton and the rest of his administration, contributes greatly to the trouble we find ourselves in today in many areas.
Andy Chandler, Augusta