Di­ver­sity has its ad­van­tages

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Feel­ing bet­ter about race,” USC Dorn­sife / Times Poll, April 13

One rea­son Cal­i­for­nia has fewer racial ten­sions than other states may be be­cause it has four ma­jor eth­nic groups. Any time a so­ci­ety has just two groups — blacks and white, Democrats and Repub­li­cans, men and women, to men­tion a few — that so­ci­ety will have an “us vs. them” men­tal­ity and the po­ten­tial for ten­sion that, in worst cases, es­ca­lates into vi­o­lence.

Men and women, who need each other to ex­ist, have learned not only to mit­i­gate this ten­sion but also to de­velop true and last­ing friend­ships. I be­lieve this will hap­pen among peo­ple of dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties.

But Democrats and Repub­li­cans? Don’t bet the ranch on that one.

Diane Scholfield

Vista, Calif.

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