4 comments on “It’s Not Always Black or White

  1. Well, hopefully that mom will actually examine her “climate” after that one.

    I know my mom’s well-meaning but clueless form. As in asking if M has seen The Pursuit of Happyness, because it has “such a great role model” or sending him clippings about black people in Oregon, or telling me some long pointless story about the really nice man who helped her load books into the trunk of the car, and the reveal is -surprise!-

    I’ve had friends shock me with what fell out of their mouths, too. I do let people stand on their own merits, but I can’t really say if the cluelessness is in there too, ready to pop out appallingly.

    I hope you give me a good smack if it ever does, dear, so I can root out the beast and stomp it. I can count on you to do that, yes? 🙂

  2. Beautifully written, cuts right to the thick of it which is that, to this day, we are still a racist society. So much of it simply gets hidden under the guise of “keeping up appearances”. I remember telling my partner, Allyson, that one of the most interesting things Obama’s victory did was to reveal just how many people were, until that point, attempting to hide the complete and utter racism they still thought and felt in their moment to moment lives. But once something threatens their neat little racially divided world, CHAOS! I would have loved to have seen the look on that woman’s face when you confronted the situation – it must have been priceless.

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