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No Excuses—Call It Racism

Portrait of Zenobia Jeffries Warfield Last month, when at least three people lost their lives at the hands of men known for their white supremacist views, I was appalled to find media following a tired pattern of assuming that these hate crime suspects suffer from mental illness. This cop-out reduces the country’s massive systemic racism problem to one person’s mental instability, making it an isolated and individual issue. In this week’s column, I’m asking everyone to stop making excuses for these men who act out in hate so that we can begin to deal with the real disease that is racism.  

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Zenobia Jeffries Warfield, racial justice associate editor

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