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I try to repost this somewhere each year, when I remember. It was a column from 9/12/2001.

I think that Leonard Pitts' description of the American people is still apt:

"Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae - a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though - peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God."

Sept. 12, 2001: We'll go forward from this moment - Leonard Pitts Jr. - MiamiHerald.com