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A couple weeks ago, I was debating what I was going to talk about in this sermon.
I told Pastor Kelly Ryan I had great reservations talking about the one topic that I think about every single day. Then, a terrorist massacred nine innocent people in a church that I went to, in a city that I still think of as home. At that point, I knew that despite any misgivings, I needed to talk about race.
It was probably about 15 years ago when a conversation took place between my aunt, who is White and lives in New York State, and my sister, who is Black and lives in North Carolina. This conversation can be distilled to a single sentence, said by my Black sister: Over a decade later, this sentence is still what she talks about.
She is still hurt by the suggestion that people in New York, that she, a northerner, a liberal, a good person who has Black family members, is a racist. Even- or rather, especially- my own family. I love my aunt. Buffalo, New York where my aunt lives is one of the 10 most segregated school systems in the country.
Those, however, are facts that my aunt does not need to know. She does not need to live with the racial segregation and oppression of her home. As a white person with upward mobility, she has continued to improve her situation.
She moved out of the area I grew up in- she moved to an area with better schools. Nor does it dawn on her that the very fact that she moved away from an increasingly Black neighborhood to live in a White suburb might itself be a aspect of racism.
When I was younger, I thought it was because all white people are racist. To understand, you have to know that Black people think in terms of Black people.
The shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston resonated with me because Walter Scott was portrayed in the media as a deadbeat and a criminal- but when you look at the facts about the actual man, he was nearly indistinguishable from my own father. Racism affects us directly because the fact that it happened at a geographically remote location or to another Black person is only a coincidence, an accident.
It could just as easily happen to us- right here, right now. Black people think in terms of we because we live in a society where the social and political structures interact with us as Black people.
White people do not think in terms of we. White people have the privilege to interact with the social and political structures of our society as individuals. They have no need, nor often any real desire, to think in terms of a group. They are supported by the system, and so are mostly unaffected by it.
What they are affected by are attacks on their own character. She is unable to differentiate her participation within a racist system upwardly mobile, not racially profiled, able to move to White suburbs, etc.This is a long essay but worth the read.
It is written by Bell Hooks, a black, feminist writer. It makes good and bad points. You may be either angry or agree, but it is good read.
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