Poor Writing? Or Bad Idea?

Interesting little writing example… or controversial statement


This from discussion of 12 Years a Slave  in Salon.com

Fassbender, the German-born star who plays Ejiofor’s character’s owner, noted that Europe had worked out many of the issues America still grapples with. “America is such a young country and with that it has all the promise and hope and the land of opportunity and people can really start at the bottom and make whatever they want out of their lives if they put the energy in and luck and anything else alongside it,” he said. “I think it’s an extraordinary place. But you know, I guess we just have a longer history of beating each other up in Europe and wars and whatnot.” (He noted that, in Europe, people of Romani descent “get the rough end of the stick.”)

“The issues America still grapples with” is, you know, race, history of racism, equality and so on.  Ok, this irks…

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