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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 12:23 PM

6. Thank you for posting this, MrScorpio

There are really no words for the sorrow and anger these truths evoke.

I'm a white woman. Every time I search my memory for each instance where fear of black people, particularly black men, was deliberately, casually, or unconsciously imparted to me from childhood on, I find more.

In so many ways, casual and deliberate, conscious and unconscious, I was exposed to the fear of those different from me. It was inevitable that the combination of fear and privilege would result in racism.

I can't change the past, I can't undo the racism I absorbed then.

What I can do, I can do now.

I will attend and be alert on my own responses. I will make recognizing my own unconscious fear and rejecting it a priority.

I will make recognizing the privilege that is part of my life as a white person a priority.

I will stay alert for opportunities to reject and counteract both fear and privilege.

I will commit awareness and resources to that rejection, to that counteraction.

I will banish assumptions about what I haven't experienced, and can't know.

I will listen to the experiences of those who had no choice but to suffer from the fear and privilege given to me and those like me.

I will learn.


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JimDandy Mar 2016 #1
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