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Among our problems is a lack of understanding about some fundamentals. One is that greatness is not self-determined. Claiming that I am great does not make me so, that makes me arrogant. Whether or not I am great is determined by others who know me or work with me.

So, when Trump says “Make America Great Again” one should ask, who determines whether America is great? How do they determine that America is great?

Likewise, I don’t think I can declare that I am not racist. I hope I am not, but I think only those of other races could determine whether or not I am racist by my actions and my character.

White man declaring he is not racist does not make it so, or does one white man saying another white man is not racist does not make it so.

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