In my recent piece, On Stereotyping…am I a bad person?, many of you were very supportive of my hyperawareness and unfounded fear. For that, I am thankful. The feedback I received basically excused my behavior and attributed it to the society that we now live in. One person thoughtfully pointed out that gun control might be the answer when it comes to alleviating some of the unfounded fear that I had when I saw the white man with three bags in the hotel elevator.
Many of my supporters were African-American. As a result, I want to take our conversation a step further. Why do some of us, African-Americans, get defensive or angry when white people stereotype us? Are all white people that stereotype bad? Do years of oppression give us, African-Americans, a right to stereotype?
If we are not willing to have conversations how can we ever gain an understanding? Let’s talk.
If you haven’t read On Stereotyping…am I a bad person? all you have to do is click on the link above or right here to read it.