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Opinion Our failure to imagine our brothers as ourselves

People watch the announcement of the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on April 20.
People watch the announcement of the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on April 20. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Michael Gerson’s elegant April 23 op-ed, “Heed the call of Martin Luther King,” cited a failure of imagination to explain how so many of our citizens do not understand or accept the concept of racial injustice in this country.

This peculiar deficiency in our cultural DNA does not apply to scientific, engineering, artistic and other towering accomplishments over the centuries that are acknowledged, celebrated and praised. It seems, then, it is not any lack of creativity and vision as a country, but more simply the failure to admit we are all essentially the same. In fact, if you go back far enough, we are all cousins.

Jill SchatkenShepherdstown, W.Va.

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