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A Skeptic’s Guide to Racism

I am canceling my subscription to Skeptical Inquirer.

I want no more issues sent. I am specifically and solely canceling my subscription over the (special section) articles of the January/February 2018 issue (“A Skeptic’s Guide to Racism: Critical Thinking on a Critical Issue”).

One reason is I am not sure how a social topic (racism) and its link with politics in America could fit in this magazine. Also, another reason: the tone, flow, and angle of the articles were (am generalizing) one-sided and biased. There was a noticeable double standard in covering this topic.

I’ve enjoyed SI and have learned much. There have been some thought-provoking and deep articles. They caused me to think and I gained something.

But I’m standing by my decision on cancelling my subscription; I will not change it.

Benjie Bowlin

Southaven, Mississippi

The Editors respond:

We are not sure what the reader means by “one-sided coverage,” as the topic was evidence-based approaches to understanding and confronting racism. If the reader has suggestions for other evidence-based approaches “from the other side” (whatever that would mean), we’re happy to hear about them.

The features on racism (January/February 2018) are interesting, particularly that on educating law enforcement officers. Of course, neither the police nor anyone else should assume that just because a person belongs to a particular ethnic group they are more likely to commit crime. But I looked in vain for any acknowledgement of two important points arising from British experience.

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