March 27

Drew Westen’s March 23 Outlook commentary, “How Democrats should talk about racism,” wasn’t a bad exposition of how we all could think of racism. No one can be proud of slavery.

But Mr. Westen did Democrats a favor by failing to mention that the main opposition to civil rights in the South, the opposition to integration of schools and colleges and the power behind Jim Crowcame from Democrats. Mr. Westen hinted at it in his description of Nixon’s “Southern Strategy,” but that was as close as he got. The fact is that the Republicans were the party of Lincoln, and I would assert that they remain so.

When will Democrats address their uncomfortable history? I suspect the answer is never.

Jim Jones, Alexandria