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My mother and I used our AAA card to help a woman and her 87-year-old grandmother get into the grandmother's van, which had the keys locked inside. Both women were African American, and my mother and I are both white.

When someone needs help, I'm color blind about it, but I don't always help people, either.

With all of the media hype about race and racism, I still don't know a single white racist. I think that all of my friends and family would also ignore race were they to consider helping someone in need.

Perhaps I'm just an optimist, but I believe that each successive generation of people becomes more racially accepting of each other, and I doubt that media hype can change that.

James B. Eastin

Salt Lake City

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