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The Only

In 1996, I was a sophomore at Purdue University. As a member of student government, I was invited to an event at the Black Cultural Center. I was the only white person in a room of more than 100 Black … Continue reading

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Mistaken Identity

People sometimes say it is class, not race, that is an issue. But if you are Black, it doesn’t matter if you are richer, smarter, more polished. That hasn’t prevented a future president from being mistaken for a waiter, or … Continue reading

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The Privileges of Driving

In a small discussion group for a course I was taking on racism, I described a time when a cop and I bantered back and forth after I’d been pulled over. A young Black man said, “I could not ever … Continue reading

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Not Racist

I’m realizing that I can’t just view myself as “not racist” and therefore not part of the problem. That’s not good enough. If I’m being honest, I know I still have a lot to learn and that there are many … Continue reading

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