Letters to the Editor

Racial equality?

Re the Feb. 17 column, Don’t blame Obama for gridlock: This is a rare instance when I disagree with Leonard Pitts Jr.

I’m a white man in my 70s who agrees with President Obama’s old friend on the roots of the continuing opposition to his presidency: “No. 1, you were black.” Pitts’ reason is perhaps clouded by his hurts. Obama seems to believe he is president both of the afflicted and the bigots. To paraphrase a famous line from Hamlet: “ . . . on noble acts like those, the gods themselves throw incense.”

Yet the essential question remains unanswered: Do we ram racial equality down the throats of those still morally blind, or do we patiently wait to change their minds and hearts, or those of their descendants?

Antonio Prado, Miami