I Have Not Actively Worked. I Have Sat Quietly.

As a person of mixed heritage (white Hispanic, Cherokee ) I strongly believe that racism is a human problem not a “white people” or “black people” problem.

Teri Carter's Library

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In times like this, white people are quick to throw their hands up and dissociate themselves from racism and the person accused of the racist act. But how many of them can say they have actively worked to challenge the racism in the people around them? How many folks have sat quietly as Uncle Jimbo tells the story of the time he put that one nigger in his place at work?       ~~ Jamilah Lemieux, Ebony Magazine

Within minutes of seeing it, I send a message to his mother, my cousin. Have you seen your son’s new tattoo?

There is a flag. There is a noose. There are the words Southern Justice scrolled across.

 I’ve seen it, she says. But he just turned 18. He’s an adult. What am I supposed to do? I want to scream, You are supposed to act like his fucking mother! and You’re…

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One thought on “I Have Not Actively Worked. I Have Sat Quietly.

  1. I don’t know about any other “white people” but I know that I personally challenge racism every time I am confronted with it.I have no relatives however with tattoos like the one described.I did have a school mate with Neo Nazi tendencies when I was younger and even he knew better than to speak to me in a manner that suggested he supported the institution of Slavery.

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