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Drs Henry and McLaughlin raise valid criticisms about my essay. Sadly, my shortcomings as a writer hid some of the meaning I had intended to convey. It was not my purpose to offend or condemn—I certainly did not mean to imply that prejudice resided only in the South—rather, I had hoped to show how quickly I lost sight of my goals and ideals and, without realizing it, became a parody of all I had set out to accomplish. I had also hoped to show that sometimes, in spite of ourselves, good comes from our attempts.The time I spent in Alabama remains one of my fondest memories. The people of the state opened their homes and lives to me; it is a debt I cannot easily repay. I am honored to call many of them my friends. I am sorry if my story offended: it was intended to
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