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Stanley Crouch: Resisting hysteria, rising together

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Sinking down into gloom and doom must always be avoided. That is the cowardly way out. It is far better to do the harder but far less dramatic work of applying patient, nonviolent pressure to bring about change.

Yet so many of us -- conservatives, radicals, so-called minorities and others -- are relentlessly encouraged to lower our thoughts under the influence of the hyperbolic rhetoric that runs rampant, all designed to stoke fear and irrationality.

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