Let’s get over our white selves.

Christine Pado,
Third Lake, IL.

Yeah – so, I’m white and I live in a mostly white neighborhood. We moved out here for affordable housing. Before that I lived in area that seemed like a mini United Nations. It was a shock moving out here but now I guess I’m used to it. Now and then I will see a darker skinned person at a parade or a meeting or event and it suddenly strikes me JUST HOW WHITE this place is and wonder just how awkward is that for the few black friends I have. Do I feel some discomfort when suddenly I’m the obvious minority? Yeah. Hmmm. Don’t love that about myself. Confronting that discomfort is what’s necessary though – not bitching that I can’t be comfortable.

 

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