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We have to stop white flight

Love me I’m a liberal

I meet Humanists – who don’t like to go to certain neighborhoods because – they are scared. That’s a black neighborhood!

If we are to end the subjugation of black communities, the killing of black youth by white people without consequence, and black bodies which are being sold into a new slavery that is the privatized prison system, then we whites, need to stop fleeing from our black brothers and sisters.

Go out of your way to make sure you child attends a real integrated school. Not a school with a few token blacks – but a school where whites are the minority!   I did that – on purpose and my son loves his school, he loves his classmates and he is getting great support for his special needs.  It’s a great school. And yes, all my white middle class mom friends, as we talked about what schools were good, made it clear, this school was a problem. It wasn’t that it was minority. It was that it was in a rough neighborhood.  Code – for, not fit for good upstanding white people afraid of crime – and we all know who commits crimes – minorities! 

The wonderful thing about intentionally sending my kid to a school where he is in the minority (when we registered him he was one of 30 white kids out of the 500 students at the school), It also makes the problem of black boys being sold into the prisons more acute for me and makes me more angry about it – because these are my son’s friends we are talking about.  Not some abstract concept. I am very aware that the bright and funny little boys my son has lunch with have so many social barriers put in front of them that my son doesn’t that my heart breaks at the unfairness of it all.   This isn’t abstract that happens to others. It happens to people I know.

Another thing you can do, start shopping in minority markets, if you can find them because those communities are notoriously underserved, which just adds to the problem of poverty. Regardless, if you can find such a market, you will broaden your gastronomic horizons and you will find that your fear of black people fades quite a bit. When you are and they are just doing their shopping, the fear ebbs away. You, like they are, are just humans trying to figure out how to put food on the table for the family.  The other bonus is that I’ve gotten tips on really good cheap food resources from doing this – which has helped me and my family as we’ve dealt with economic downturns.

To stop the institutionalized violence against the black communities – we can no longer just proclaim our feelings about equality. We have to consciously and intentionally put ourselves in positions where our white privilege is no longer a privilege – which means intentionally going out of our way to make sure our lives are lived in a fully integrated community and stop congratulating ourselves that we have a few minority friends so we can’t possibly be racist.   And that means economic diversity, religious diversity, gender diversity, ethnic diversity and color diversity. If your friends are colorful – but all of the same economic group, your friends aren’t really diverse.  Think about it.

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