The column by Andrew Herman, ''Racism . . .'' on Feb. 4 illustrated once again both the liberals' obsession with race and their one-sided view of the issue. Personally, although I know I speak for millions of other Americans, I have ''had it up to here'' with people who denigrate the great men and women who founded this great country.
Since Mr. Herman claims to use science and facts to support his views, here's a few he conveniently neglected to mention:
If America was built ''on the backs of slaves,'' then who built the northern states where there was no slavery?
Slavery was a worldwide institution throughout recorded history. Therefore, those in the ''blame-America-first'' crowd, who want to condemn early Americans, who either had slaves or at least condoned the practice, but fail to condemn the slaveholding in the rest of the world, are hypocrites.
Slaves were not brought to America by state or federal government, but by slave traders, and they were sold into slavery by their own countrymen in Africa, in many cases by their own families.
Slavery was largely outlawed throughout the world in the 1800s, led by the United States, which outlawed it 149 years ago.
Large-scale slavery still exists in Africa, the Middle East and Asia today. In Africa and the Middle East, Muslims are the slaveholders and in Asia, millions of children are conscripted into forced labor. Yet no American liberals say a word about this.
Using pseudo-''science,'' Mr. Herman says that ''race is a mere delusion'' and only makes passing reference to the effects on people who have had negative experiences with those of another racial ancestry, thereby implying that all racial prejudice is irrational.
Obviously there are real differences between people of different races that go way beyond skin complexion. As for the roots of prejudice, here's one example: if, say, a Caucasian person who is now 50-years-old has had 100 negative experiences with people he / she is not related to, and 60 of those 100 were the result of bullying, arrogant comments or threats, assaults or other crimes committed by people of African descent, could you reasonably criticize this person for being somewhat wary of blacks?
FBI statistics show that a white person in America is 20 times as likely to be the victim of black-on-white crime as a black person is of being the victim of white-on-black crime. That's not bigotry - just the real world experience of Americans that liberal social-''scientists'' ignore.
I'm sure Mr. Herman meant well in trying to encourage readers to look beyond racial differences in their dealings with others (a laudable goal), but he makes the classic liberal mistake of putting good intentions and lofty rhetoric ahead of facts and the day-to-day experience of Americans.