LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rid us of ‘race’

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Now that the policies and politics of race have been forced into the limelight, perhaps it is time to consider a “nuclear option” for curing racism. The cure would be to starve the beast by eliminating the use of race as a distinguishing feature of the population.

Governments and media would stop identifying and keeping track of persons by race. No more could a government or an employer ask our race. We would no longer be presented with statistics by race, and race-based organizations would be banned. In fact the use of race for any purpose, including identification, would be prohibited.

Our society was slowly proceeding down that road until some clever politicians discovered that highlighting race and separating us into racial groups could generate votes and would be good for their careers. Unfortunately, many race-defined groups have been lured into this scheme, even though they must realize it is destructive for our society in the long run.

DWIGHT HARRISON

Vienna, Va.

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