Racism is a hot topic particularly with the Jan. 6 activity in Washington, D.C., and the raising of flags related to the illegal militias now in the picture and discussion (to be polite). At age 80, I have had to think about these things as I have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that have mixed views and opinions.

During the 1600s and 1700s, many different people came to the western hemisphere and to what is now the United States of America. Of those who came to this northern part of the hemisphere we had:

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