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Response to TygrBright (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 12:55 PM

7. Absolutely. Great post.

Waaaay back in the day when I was late teens or early 20's, I recall that I either read or heard something on the radio about how we are all a bit racist, just because of the culture that we live in.

What I have come to believe is that racism is like air. It is there, it has mass, but because it is invisible, we don't think about it much, almost like it doesn't exist. So when I read this article, initially, I was like NO way! *I* am NOT racist! I have black friends! I live in a predominantly black neighborhood and city! But then I thought, Hey let's find out to be sure. So I observed my internal reactions, and was quickly realized, that yep, I was stereotyping black people, particularly black men who were poor and young. Since then, I make a conscious effort to be aware of my interior attitudes. Because the air I breath is dirty with racism, it makes sense that it gets inside me sometimes. So I work to clean it out.

I wish more white people would get this concept, that we are all a little bit racist, but that we can make an effort to improve. If enough of us make an effort together, then the air will get cleaner, and THEN we will make actual progress.

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