I wrote this letter to the DI on September 24, 2002. It was not published.

For the few weeks I've been here, I've been resisting the urge to write this letter. After reading the past few days' letters and editorials, I can wait no longer.

You loudly proclaim there is more than one side to every issue. Yet on the issue of racism you've presented but one side.

For years, you've preached the need to celebrate racial differences. Now you wonder why racism is just as much a problem today as ever. You've taught that a person's identity is at least partially derived from their race. Now you're baffled as to why we can't see each other as individuals. The answer is frighteningly simple: you can't fight racism with more racism. It's the avoidance of this simple fact that has led to our current state of affairs.

It's pathetic that in a society as advanced as ours, we still even see racial differences, and worst yet, celebrate them. In a culture where multiculturalism has been elevated above all else, and individual achievement is subordinate to the collective success of a particular ethnic group, racism will forever rear its ugly head.

You want to end racism? So do I. But it will only happen when we start taking a colorblind approach, seeing each other as the individual human beings that we are, each capable of achieving great things independent of any primitive grouping.