Why is there so much continuing hostility between whites and blacks on a national level? There have been 150 years pass since the Civil War ended, yet it seems that thousands of white people are still stuck in the South’s reconstruction period, filled with anger, hostility, pain, bitterness and depression. The resentment has never abated.

Recall the allegiance to the South’s flag, the slogans (the South shall rise again), the fears and sharp religious divisions that have continued for decades. An Alabama research group produced evidence that during President Obama’s presidency hate groups increased by nine-fold. Isn’t that a sick and crazy reaction against Obama and blacks in general?

Surely Southerners and Republicans see that as racially and morally wrong. But if most Americans are not racially biased, why haven’t more people spoken out against it?

Stephen Drane, Auburn

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