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Melting Pot Shot 

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To the editors:

Black versus brown versus white versus whatever. The article ["The Blacks and the Browns," November 6] was interesting enough, but I think it ignores the real, underlying issue: the "great melting pot" no longer exists.

The birth of politically powerful racial special interest groups has created a new situation (and more power to them), but the fallout has been a collapse of efficient political, social, and economic civil mechanisms. That is, political entanglements suffocate market efficiency.

Perhaps "nonwhites"' distrust and subsequent dislike of "whites" (bred over decades and not unreasonable) has led to a point of irreconcilable differences.

It seems there can no longer be a united front, that one segment's gain must be another's loss, and as long as that is the case, racial dissension and socioeconomic shortcomings will be the residual waste product.

The system can and will change (and to the betterment of all) when those presently advocating change do so in a manner which can overcome special interests' knee-jerk reactionism.

That's the real story and I doubt even your newspaper has the courage to go after it, let alone print it. Thank you.

Jack Jalove

Utopian's Party

N. Christiana


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