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June 7th, 2009
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Skip trying to prove you're not racist

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From:minkrose
Date:June 8th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
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I would like to say that I'm terribly glad you've been posting these things. I grew up in an area without a huge amount of RACIAL diversity (though there was some - but the black kids didn't tend to talk to me, even if we had a mutual respect)... but there was a lot of CULTURAL diversity. Mostly Jewish, but I had friends who were Dutch or Argentinian or Croatian, etc.

It's been hard for me to learn about the difference. I am UU, I am fine with differences and acknowledging them but it is frustrating to feel like most of the people I trust and can talk to are out of words on the subject of race. You either get it (from your life experiences) or you don't, and it can be really hard to build up life experiences once you're an adult and you control your social groups without external factors.

Anyway, I've been reading a lot of your links and watching a lot of videos and it's taken some stepping back, but I feel like I can now approach these articles and read what PoC have to say and HOW I can try to understand it. I'm not saying I *do* get it or understand it but there has been a shift in my understanding of racial differences versus cultural differences. I grew up in a strongly Jewish community and I still have many Jewish peers, and while anti-semitism is related to racism (maybe even a form of racism), being Jewish is more of a cultural choice for many people than a racial choice. Some people are racially Jewish and some are culturally Jewish, and it's really not the same. Nevermind that understanding prejudice against Jews is nothing like understanding prejudice against PoC.

Anyway. I'm really glad you're making these posts. They have been super helpful to me. I've always respected people who spoke on these topics but I never felt like I could comment or that I should believe that I really understood what they were getting at - I was very clear that I had no idea where they were coming from and I hated that. I feel like I have a context to build on now and that I am definitely starting to learn how to learn about the issues for PoC.

In other words, Yay.
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