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Leonard Pitts Jr. is usually enlightening. However, in “Race as a distraction,” [Opinion, April 24] he demonstrates rare courage. It is about time someone pointed out that class often matters more than race.

If only race did matter as much as class, many of our problems could be fixed more easily. Inherent in many so-called race problems are deeper class conflicts.

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Trickle-up capitalism might be a good system for the poor. However, trickle-down capitalism is a totally odious system for us. Statistical analysis doesn’t show how unjust this system is.

Politically something has to happen. The poor do not have any bootstraps left with which to lift themselves up.

Dale McCracken, Renton