Trying to Be Post-Racial

After last week's racial flap, this writer tried to get beyond the perpetual debate. It didn't work.

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There is no escaping the role of race in America's history. It is foreground and background, part of the nation's DNA. But that's not a bad thing. A country stripped of its history -- even the bad parts -- is a bland and colorless place. Shirley Sherrod's tragedy led her to help others. It is ultimately a triumphant American story. And there's nothing post-racial about it.

Mary C. Curtis is an award-winning Charlotte, N.C.-based national correspondent for Politics Daily, and a commentator on Fox News Rising Charlotte. Follow her on Twitter.

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Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning Charlotte, N.C.-based journalist, is a contributor to the Washington Post’s She the People blog and WCCB News Charlotte. She has worked at the New York Times and the Charlotte Observer and as national correspondent for Politics Daily. Follow her on Twitter.

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