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November 25, 2014

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Sherry

Thanks for this. This very much spoke to me, "Three of us felt sick by it and confused too, which I think is a sign of our privilege. Feeling confused and surprised by evidence of racism is the luxury of those who don't have to deal with it every day."

tanita

Oh, thank you, Shannon, for your thoughts. These are such hard conversations to have - and it's so hard to talk to the people who don't get it...! And yet...

FB

Thanks for putting this up, I am glad to see as many posts as I can openly discussing this, but I am grammatically confused as to why you have capitalised "black" and not "white" throughout your post. Was this for a particular reason?

a concerned citizen

I don't think the reasons that the officer in Ferguson shot Michael Brown were motivated by race. The more we hear of the evidence presented to the grand jury, the more I believe that the officer feared for his safety (and possibly the safety of those around him if Brown had actually been able to get the gun) and that he acted in self-defense. That said, racism is a real problem in our country, but it is not limited to white people holding racist views about minorities. Racism is found in all communities and groups. The behavior of many of the protesters in Ferguson shows that racism flows all ways. This makes me sad. I wish that it wasn't the case. And this isn't just an American problem. Racism and prejudice happen everywhere. It seems to be human nature to segregate ourselves into "us" vs. "them" groupings. It can be based on skin color, nationality, religion, sexual orientation. Any distinguishing factor can be the spring board to prejudice. We all want to belong to the "right" group. I think the first thing we all need to do is recognize within ourselves the views by which we judge other people. Admitting there is a problem withing each of us is the first step to breaking down the barriers we put between groups.

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