Identity Politics Devalues Individual People

Edwin Meese III and Mike Gonzalez’s “Trump Can Help Overcome Identity Politics” (op-ed, Feb. 28) pinpoints what is happening to our country today and why so many people are missing the obvious while they obsess about the unimportant and inane. I’m in my eighth decade, have done everything I wanted to do and gone wherever I wanted to (except in segregated Mississippi where I was stationed at Keesler AFB in the 1950s). My race has never been a big deal to me, and if it was to someone else, that was their problem.

When I started at Pitney Bowes in 1966 as the first salesperson of color in my part of the country it may have been meaningful to others, but to me it was simply a way to provide for my wife and four children and to escape the restrictive environment at the Detroit News where I had been a “ground-breaking racial pioneer” the previous two years. I did OK at Pitney for 14 years and worked another 10 at Viacom in unsalaried sales positions.

The pitiful part of the entire scenario is that those of us this racial score-keeping is supposed to help are harmed the most. The more we obsess about race, the more the rest of the world will wonder if we’re the way the Constitution says we are, why the numerical and data-keeping exercises? I can’t be the only African-American living a normal, stress-free existence, while the unusual, bizarre and…

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