Tag: race

What To Do? Read

It’s not a sin to be ignorant. Nobody can be informed and knowledgeable about everything. But it is wrong to be ignorant and to act on that ignorance and to assume that your opinions, resting on a solid foundation of ignorance, are as valid…

Inheritance

Once, while she was sitting in a chair in my living room, I reached out and touched a Black woman’s hair. At that moment and without thinking about it in any way, my hand was drawn to her hair, its airiness and resilience. I…

Cracks in the Brick Wall: Thoughts on White Fragility, Part One

“How would you feel if every time you walked into a meeting, everyone in the room was black?” The question was asked by a black colleague of mine in a meeting where we were tackling the issue of lack of diversity in our group. I…

5 Reasons White People Can’t Talk about Race

Say, you gathered a group of five of your White friends and five of Your Black friends and asked them to have a no-holds barred discussion about race. My prediction echoes Major Strasser in Casablana, “You would find the conversation a trifle one-sided.” Your…

It’s All Right

I’m going to be getting more and more of these emails. Announcements of people’s memorial services. People I knew when I was coming up, as they say. “You don’t need to be afraid of a hug. It’s all right.” One of the executives in…

Say What You See

I started my professional life at 27 as a White girl in a Black anti-poverty agency called the Social Development Commission where the first day I was called out for shrinking back from a hug offered by an associate director who laughed at me…

The Elegant Dr. Rose

Today was the second time I saw Dr. Rose in the grocery store. The first time was while it was still cold out, he was wearing a jacket and a longshoreman’s cap which was a little askew. That and the very slow way he…

The Racial Dimensions of Potato Salad

Years of working in multi-cultural environments taught me only one true thing. Ninety percent of the time I am completely ignorant of the racial dimensions of anything and am relying almost entirely on the good will I hope I can generate by being a…

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