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Can Americans confront their fear of blackness?
Can Americans confront their fear of blackness?

To the editor: Erin Aubry Kaplan poses a very serious question, a question we all need to ask ourselves. ("Seeing Michael Brown," Op-Ed, Aug. 18) After the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a handful of my fellow high school students, an equal mix of African Americans and whites, formed a local chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People Youth Council. We marched, protested and raised funds. We held clothing drives and collected used textbooks to send to rural areas of the South. We attended the NAACP national convention, attempting to improve understanding between black and white, young and old. It now seems so long ago. Did our efforts have any...

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