"No man has ever been born a Negro hater,
a Jew hater, or any other kind of hater.
Nature refuses to be involved in such
suicidal practices."
Harry Bridges
(1901-1990) American labor leader in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
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 -- David L Rosenthal      
 -- Mike, Norwalk      
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
Research has now shown that, although no one is born a hater, people will tend to prefer, trust, and be more comfortable around people like themselves, and that is Nature. It takes a conscious effort of human intellect to overcome the natural instincts that make us want to divide by tribe or clan. It takes a conscious, positive, and continuing effort to bring about a peaceful coexistence with our "different" neighbors. The best way to ensure a peaceful coexistence is not multiculturalism, i.e. maintaining the divisions, but creating a common community. That is, we are all Americans, not African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, etc. The answer is assimilation to a common culture.
 -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    You are so right, Ken, but it is so difficult to overcome the maxim: "birds of a feather flock together". It is not impossible, however, and has been done many times in many places.
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    I disagree with the 'you will be assimilated' comment by Ken. The goal is not a common culture, but an agreed upon voluntary association of a multitude of different individuals all wishing their liberties protected (while respecting each others'). Vive la difference!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Ricky      
    Ken I completely agree with you, this is a great statement. I try to explain to people that we should be proud to be an American, not of our ethnic background. There are too many other problems in the world.
     -- Anonymous, San Diego, CA     
     -- sebastian      
    I am so impressed with all of the wisdom being spoken in regards to the above quote. I really and truly believe true love and true freedom doesn’t look at ethnic back ground. Nature as a whole has pretty much perfect harmony.
     -- pt, phx     
    Compassion is from the heart, hate you must learn....
     -- Robert, St. Emelion     
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    Not to worry. We have a government that practices "social engineering." Problem solved.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    A good quote and I hate to shoot the messenger , but Harry Bridges was a communist. I'm old enough to remember him.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
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    ... and he was high up in the Communist Party.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
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