Raised in segregated north, I’m racist.

Bird-DeYoung-KathyRev. Kathy Bird DeYoung,
Aurora, CO.

I was raised in metro Detroit in one of the white northern suburbs. Now I live in the most integrated city in the nation, Aurora, Colorado. My city of origin is more integrated now, thankfully. But, I still wouldn’t want to return. I’m frustrated by this new ethic where no one claims to be racist. I was at a meeting recently where someone said, “I’m not racist, but…” The BUT means that he IS racist. It’s better for all of us to admit that we ARE racist and begin to talk about it!


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