from Rodney Stevens at The WSJ, If You Must Talk About Race, Be Gracious:

America is still obsessed with race, and these days people seem to see only strife and injustice. But as the American anthropologist Ruth Benedict once wrote in her journal, “The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer, it’s that there are so many answers.”

Second, racism still exists but it is no longer systemic. Those who claim that racism is everywhere today are delusional.

Third, we tend to think too highly of our individuality. My color, weight, sex and sexual orientation are four of the least interesting things about me. I am a Southerner and love Southern food. Now that is interesting.

Sixth, if you must talk about race, be gracious and respectful. Discussions about it shouldn’t be antagonistic—one’s race isn’t a choice, after all—but for some reason many popular figures insist on making the subject as unpleasant as possible.

Genuine insight generally doesn’t make you angry and anxious. It makes you smile, and generates gratitude.