I am a 71 yo white woman. I have lived in blue states and red states. I have witnessed blatant racism in and out of the US. What I have been most appalled throughout my life, and especially in 2020-2021, is the abject dismissal, denial and ridicule of people of color who share their experiences. Whether it is prejudice, discrimination, hate or belittling their experiences, people of color are not being heard. The denial of white America is absolute. I have done some soul searching to try to discover what role I can play in creating an atmosphere of acceptance of oppressed people’s perceptions. My choice is to believe oppressed people’s stories, to not challenge or dismiss their perceptions. I believe you. It is real. That, I think is a first step to change.