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Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Improving race relations in the U.S. — or in the world, for that matter — is a task that a lot of folks are working pretty hard at.

But things aren't improved when someone of color who is quite intelligent and as widely respected as Oprah Winfrey interprets a Swiss clerk's remark that a $38,000 handbag was “too expensive” for her as an encounter with racism.

Sadly, the Swiss tourism office apologized for the clerk, saying “this person acted terribly wrong.”

Come on, folks. There are still some places in the world, Oprah, where you might not be recognized; and, Swiss tourism bureau, handbag clerks shouldn't be excoriated for trying to be helpful.

Ed Collins

West Newton

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