I try to explain it this way to people who are feeling “victimized” by all this focus on race.

Write down all the “disadvantages” you think you have. Cover everything that seems an obstacle to you. You could be aging, fat, disabled, financially insecure, and worried about losing your home.

Now take all of those disadvantages and add: now you are black. Let’s make it a deep black.

Now imagine that you have to deal with all those obstacles, AND you have to deal with racism, both overt and covert. Wherever you go you encounter both overt and covert disrespect based not only on all those obstacles but on the color of your skin.

You think you could handle it? Really? How?

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Georgia NeSmith

Georgia NeSmith

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.