All groups who have undergone persecution over time develop certain personality traits which may in fact result in more persecution. Whether you are talking about blacks, Jews, Asians in non-Asian lands or different Asian lands, Armenians, and so on you may discover that these people over time have developed, sometimes as defense mechanisms and sometimes unknowingly, traits which make them different enough from the majority to create antagonisms or at least perplexing questions. Such developments are not of course their fault, but they need to recognize them in themselves. But to point them out may lead to accusations of racism and hostility against the observers. Honesty in dealing with these delicate matters is needed, but it is hard to do. Perhaps the first principle of all should be: IT IS NOT RACIST TO SEEK AND TELL THE TRUTH.

Norman Ravitch *62
Savannah, Ga.