There is a poisonous atmosphere across the land these days, animated and perpetuated not only by people who are obviously biased but also by people who ought to know better and should show some restraint in their public behavior and comments. Just when it seemed as if the country had moved past its habit of racial posturing one has only to refer to the recent comments of Pat Buchanan and reflect on the Cambridge MA incident in which Harvard Professor Gates was arrested out of his home for “disturbing the peace.”

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