White In Oklahoma….Unwanted Racist Thoughts

tumblr_mq31ukmVYO1qj171uo1_500Taryn,
Tulsa, OK.

Being white in Oklahoma for the last 15 years is annoying sometimes. I grew up in a very tolerant family in CT then CA and was the minority in a mainly black neighborhood. My first boyfriend and love was black. all my friends were black. I was actually racist against white people. I claimed that my Italian heritage made me “not white”. In Oklahoma racism is very prominent especially in peoples “jokes”. I find these views creeping into my thoughts and it bothers me. I know that I don’t agree with these views but to have these racial thoughts, prejudices and ideas even for a split second bothers me.

 

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