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  •  Your point regarding appearance is a good one. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sometimes I remember my long-haired, "hippie" days as a kid in the 60s, and that gave me a bit of idea of what it was like to have my appearance cause negative reactions in  many people.

    Although I don't pretend that my experiences equate with those of an African American in this country, I have experienced prejudice and racism.  As a Jew I have been called slurs and often heard them used in casual conversation.  I have also been physically threatened due to my religious heritage.

    Additionally, I grew up in a white-flight neighborhood in Chicago and experienced reverse racism when the area and my high school was mostly African American.  In that high school, white students never felt safe from physical harm.

    I agree with most of the points in the diary, but have two disagreements:

    Racism does not have to be, "blind, angry hatred".  It is often the more insidious forms of racism that lead up to "blind, angry hatred".

    Identifying and firing every school teacher who appears biased is not realistic (although it would be nice), but state fundung for public education that is equal in all districts is a very good idea.

    Sorry for the long comment.  All done.

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      never forget

      Racist anger is often insidious and not always noisy.  We probably agree that the sneaky sort of anger is especially problematic precisely because it's not obvious.  We can avoid Ted Nugent, but the pleasant little man who makes decisions based on skin color goes unnoticed.

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