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Check your Prejudices (My title of a Conor Friedersdorf Blog – posted on 11/1/06 in Inland Valley Bulletin ) We take it for granted that George W. Bush, David Letterman and Dr. Phil are all very different people, though they’re all white guys approaching retirement. As surely they don’t have much in common with the Polish American plumber, or the Pennsylvania Dutch baker, or the Italian American auto-mechanic. Another odd threesome: C.S. Lewis, Jerry Falwell and Bill Clinton, men who are all Christians, but whose lives and attitudes toward their faith are strikingly different. Nor are they likely to have much in common with a typical Catholic priest, or a poor Caucasian welfare mom who finds strength through her faith in Jesus. When comparing white Christians, the fact that every person is a rather distinct individual seems blindingly obvious. But the same truth is often overlooked when Americans talk about minorities, and especially Muslims. Why is that? These thoughts occur to me as I moderate comments on the blog I keep about immigration politics and policy. After a post that criticizes affirmative action, an e-mailer upbraided me for my opposition to it. Latinos and blacks face historic disadvantages and deserve a helping hand, she insisted, as
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