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“Never cut what you can untie.”– Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)

A friend sent me this quote this morning, and, quite frankly, not a moment too soon.

I am going to try very, very carefully in the next 500 words to untie, but I’m afraid it won’t be easy.

IMG_0789First the back story: Last week I opened a notification from my neighborhood’s Nextdoor private social media website and read what I construed as a racially offensive comment. I wrote about it here.

To the moderator’s credit, he flagged the comment; and to the author’s credit, she removed it.

If the story had ended there, it would have been a tidy closing indeed: An unfortunate comment was made, and attention was paid.

Newport Buzz, a local online news source, had made one comment then a second regarding the racist undertones of the initial post; and the net result (because…

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