America is exceptional in having made great progress to arrive at one of the least racist societies ever. It is a country based on the ideal of equal treatment under law and equal opportunity for a better standard of living. Most other countries are based on a set of ethnic identities. The US is based on ideals and is open to people of any ethnic backgrounds. The history of the US is the story of progress toward a more perfect realization of the American Dream. In the 1860s a Civil War was fought to eliminate slavery. In the 1960s Civil Rights laws were passed that made racial discrimination illegal. A system was established so individuals who felt they had been discriminated against could file complaints and lawsuits. Thousands have done so. Affirmative Action programs were instituted to provide people in historically disadvantaged groups preferences in government contracts, college admissions, hiring, and promotions. Over the last twenty years, many organizations have added Diversity departments that have provided additional advantages for Blacks. The data show Blacks have made great strides economically, socially, and politically. One was even elected President twice. It is a land of opportunity. Millions wait in line to get in legally and get their chance to live in this country and escape the tribalism, ethnic hatreds, religious persecution, corruption, repression of speech, and authoritarian control in other countries. The type of racialized reductionist thinking typified in DiAngelo’s book and in the alternative Black-authored books recommended in this essay marks a dehumanizing attempt to have Americans prejudge people by the color of their skin and not the content of their character. It is racist thinking and only pushes us backward into hate and division. Don’t read any of their books as a way to guide your thinking on race. Try treating people fairly and reject all attempts to make people feel guilt over offenses they did not commit.

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