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Need Is Great for Dialogue on Diversity

April 18, 1993

Prof. Benjamin J. Hubbard's comments and observations are very accurate ("Rise in Hate Crimes Signals Alarming Resurgence of Bigotry" April 4). I find that people don't seem to relate their particular brand of disliking a particular group to the general rise in bigotry, hate and animosity.

It doesn't seem to matter whether it is the far right, far left or ultra-religious; it is the extreme positions of groups and individuals in our society that cause polarization.

I hear racial and ethnic epithets mouthed by all kinds of people against others and that seems to grow, not shrink. It really became a "we-they" situation where one is either "in" or "out."

I think "leaders" (whoever they are) need to create a dialogue, but individuals need to do that even more. I am lucky enough to have lived and traveled in Asia, Africa and Europe and believe me: Different can be interesting. Take a chance now or the pessimism can only grow. Try to understand others.

CRAIG G. MEYERS

Anaheim

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