More importantly, he, like too many commentators, confuses racism with cultural comparison: to say that someone is inherently inferior because of race/skin colour is racist and, as such, indefensible. It is a different thing entirely to say that someone's behaviour is unacceptable because they belong to a culture with uncivilised values.
The fact is that there is an underclass in the United States and its problems arise from its culture, which, like so many cultures of deprivation throughout history, is based on poverty and ignorance. Black families in the US underclass are dysfunctional not because they are black but because they are poor and, to use an archaic term, do not know any better.
ROGER A. FISKEN
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