I’m afraid I’ll hurt your feelings

Eileen Morgan,
Durham, NC.

I’m part of the “dominant” race with privileges that I did not earn. I’ve been listening and learning about racism a long time, but many times I still “goof up” and say stupid things that hurt the feelings of people of color. I’m really tired of this separation and am willing to continue to be with people and listen and learn. The world is too small and there is so much that we can learn from each other. So let’s all be brave and start telling each other our life stories. I felt encouraged by tonight’s program. I especially need to hear how people across the country are making changes. We can’t ignore the evil of racism among us, but we can’t move forward without visions of hope. Thank you to everyone who took a chance to share their thoughts and dreams on this important PBS program.

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One Response to "I’m afraid I’ll hurt your feelings"
  1. barry irving says:

    …Presentation is every thing. Saying that you are part of the dominant Race with privileges that you did not earn is a loaded statement that is bound to kill any conversation that you may be seeking…it sounds naive. You also say you goof up and say things that hurt the feelings of people of color. On any other forum I would dismiss your commentary as juvenile and ignorant…which it is. But here you get a pass…congratulations!

    …Actions that have power are of concern, your comment is of no real consequence other than to show how institutional Racism has inflicted every one including Whites. Goofing up is not possible when you are who you are, to goof up, you have to do “other” than what you are about. If you are insensitive, intolerant or Racist, you act that way…the intelligent thing to do is change yourself! America is a place where all people play a part in society. Dominance is a subjective term.

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