I might attach a spur to that track: Our neighbor's argument appears to require that ... • ... an issue bearing disparate negative impacts coinciding with skin color has nothing to do with racism, but ... • ... any attempt to solve the problem is improper for being racist. This is a classic trope of American racism. So is the bit where they're just making up arguments that have nothing to do with anything in order to, let's say, compare black people to dogs [1↑, 2↑, 3↑], or argue―as the topic poster does―that "the problem with racism is actually black culture"↑ because they have a "culture of violence and crime"↑. The point is not to put up any real argument, but, rather, to say as many stupidly cruel things as one's satisfaction might demand. That's the whole purpose of this thread. But "Black Panthers" is a scare term among white supremacists; the underlying point is, as Bowser has demonstrated, is to focus on a politicized iteration of the present↑ while rejecting repeated appeals to history as a consideration regarding that iteration, in order to argue↑ that we "we need to look at our present course" because, "Leaning on the past doesn't help the present, and what hurts the issue more is this rhetoric that further divides the community". He is basically asking people to condemn our society to repeating our racist history. Wellwisher similarly requires we omit history from our considerations of present or future. I really do wonder about the motives of anyone advocating or relying on ignorance.