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By Betsy Newmark · November 18, 2005 10:43 AM

"LaShawn Barber revisits the story of a mixed-race student at Winthrop University who was so hounded for expressing opinions outside the accepted boundaries for 'black think' that she has decided to withdraw from the school. It is such a shame that it is impossible to have a civil discussion on race. You would think that a university would be the perfect atmosphere for an open-minded discussion, but that is, apparently, too much to ask.

"It sounds like this girl had some thoughtful points to make. Her big mistake was to compare the discrimination suffered by blacks in the past with the discrimination she perceives against whites today. That seems a strained comparison, but debate the issue with her, don't demonize her."

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Booker T. Washington said:

"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs....There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."

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