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White people! White People! It's Absurdistwords! Your Black friend, Absurdistwords?

You know that new racial introspection thing you've been looking for?

Well listen to THIS!
This is literally as good a piece about really waking up to racism in America as anyone can expect from a white person.

This is what it looks like for white person to ACTUALLY grapple with one's place in a racist society.

This is what "no cookies" looks like.
I want to point out a couple of points about this article that make it different.

1) This article is by a white person for white people.

2) The author does not try to set themselves apart from "less enlightened" white people
3) The article BEGINS with not only an admission of complicity but a specific story of a situation where the author identifies and explores his own instinctual biases.

4) The story isn't about the white person saving their Black friend from racism. It's about them standing by.
5) The author takes time not to just intellectualize their experience with white supremacy but instead seeks to understand and appreciate what that experience is like for a Black person.

6) The author vividly expresses their own journey from obliviousness to denial to dismay
7) The author does not preach at other white people but rather shares their own experiences, failings and lessons learned in an attempt to leave breadcrumbs for those who engage.

8) The author uses their own privilege and access for both support of Black people and repentance
If you are a white person wondering what it looks like to confront the enormity of whiteness and how its effects pervade American society, let this article be your model.

Let it be your template.

Your roadmap.

Consider this the bare minimum experience of really GETTING it.
And when you get it.

When as a white person you really understand racism.

Don't tell Black and Brown people that you get it. How you got it. How anti-racist you are gong to be.

That information doesn't help us.

Tell it to other white people. Spread the word.

Live it.
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