I can’t imagine what it feels like to be black in America right now. Seeing every day that racism is alive and well.
And for so many people to deny that it exists.
My heart aches for you.
This one isn’t easy to admit.
But I’m ashamed that I was one of those people.
I didn’t acknowledge that racism existed in America until a few years ago.
I was a person of color who didn’t “see color.”
Making friends with more people of color over the years opened my eyes.
When I saw my black male friend get f*cked with by a large white man at a bar (who we found out was an ex-KKK member), it all became real.
And I knew immediately why he wouldn’t come out with us to certain bars.
He was scared.
I chose not to see racism. And because I didn’t see it, I believed it didn’t exist.
And that’s f*cked up.
By not acknowledging racism, I was contributing to the problem.
Man does that make me feel sick to my stomach.
I can’t believe I was ever on the fence about whether racism existed in America.
If you’re not sure what you believe right now, ask yourself this.
Is there a possibility that…
—they’re NOT overreacting?
—my own bias is affecting my judgment?
Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
It’s time to take a side.
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