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Letter: Issue with columnist not about intent, but education

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Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 3:51 pm

Having spent 20 years working with the black community as a counselor and therapist, I’d like to say that Linda Turley-Hansen is a sweetheart and means well. She is beautiful and intelligent, but unfortunately, lacks a spectrum of education that would facilitate her understanding of race.

I agree with everything in the article dated Sept. 18 (“Opinion: Speaking out against columnist’s ‘assumptions, presumptions and downright racist stereotypes”; Tribune). Common sense will only take us so far in terms of understanding our own early childhood operant conditioning. I learned this the hard way in my first sociology class and other subsequent classes dealing with race and culture. My professors were not always particularly kind about it either — ultimately to my benefit.

At what point will the Tribune restrict this well-intended but ignorant voice?

D.J. Diebold

Mesa

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