Maggie, remember that it’s okay for people to not write about racism, but it’s a great way to get answers to questions you might have. If you really have an interest in learning more about racism from the Black perspective, there are a number of ways to increase your understanding.

In “My Journey into Blackness,” stephen matlock tells of the discovery of his blind spots and his increased understanding of the Black experience. As I wrote, the best way to learn about yourself and others is in relationship. They’re out there waiting to be formed, but you have to keep an eye out for them and be open to them . . . and not as a social experiment, but to grow as a human being.

As for “ . . . I doubt I ever will,” that’s a self-fulfilling prophecy right there. If you open yourself up to opportunities to learn about the deep-seated fears that drive racism, you’ll find them. If you believe you won’t, then those answers will elude you for the rest of your life.

Self-examination is hard work. There’s no denying it. But people do it everyday. They stumble. They fall. They get up. And they do it again. Once in a while they bump their heads or skin their knees. But they get up and do it again. And before long they’re walking more than they’re falling.

Here’s one more link you might enjoy: “On Color-Blindness.” And be sure to check out the John Metta essay mentioned in the original article.

Thanks for your time and good luck!

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