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Old 11-13-2017, 01:59 PM
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Can My Children Be Friends With White People?

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My oldest son, wrestling with a 4-year-old’s happy struggles, is trying to clarify how many people can be his best friend. “My best friends are you and Mama and my brother and …” But even a child’s joy is not immune to this ominous political period. This summer’s images of violence in Charlottesville, Va., prompted an array of questions. “Some people hate others because they are different,” I offer, lamely. A childish but distinct panic enters his voice. “But I’m not different.”

It is impossible to convey the mixture of heartbreak and fear I feel for him. Donald Trump’s election has made it clear that I will teach my boys the lesson generations old, one that I for the most part nearly escaped. I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.

Meaningful friendship is not just a feeling. It is not simply being able to share a beer. Real friendship is impossible without the ability to trust others, without knowing that your well-being is important to them. The desire to create, maintain or wield power over others destroys the possibility of friendship. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous dream of black and white children holding hands was a dream precisely because he realized that in Alabama, conditions of dominance made real friendship between white and black people impossible.

History has provided little reason for people of color to trust white people in this way, and these recent months have put in the starkest relief the contempt with which the country measures the value of racial minorities. America is transfixed on the opioid epidemic among white Americans (who often get hooked after being overprescribed painkillers — while studies show that doctors underprescribe pain medication for African-Americans). But when black lives were struck by addiction, we cordoned off minority communities with the police and threw away an entire generation of black and Hispanic men.
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I guess teaching racism isn't just (as some proclaim) a 'white' thing......
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I guess teaching racism isn't just (as some proclaim) a 'white' thing......
I have been saying that for some time now.

Racism is not the exclusive domain of the White Man.

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Granny says, "Long as dey don't steal dey's sneakers."
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Granny says, "Long as dey don't steal dey's sneakers."
Maybe the OP has a point after all. Cause, you know, all dem people steal.
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Maybe the OP has a point after all. Cause, you know, all dem people steal.
Wow, you sure have a unique ability to know what other posters feel without them posting it. You must have ESPN or something.
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What do you think that means?
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Granny says, "Long as dey don't steal dey's sneakers."
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Wow, you sure have a unique ability to know what other posters feel without them posting it. You must have ESPN or something.
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What do you think that means?
I think waltky was using his brand of humourous sarcasm because....... <gasp!> racism!!!!
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I think waltky was using his brand of humourous sarcasm because....... <gasp!> racism!!!!
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Thar ya go with that eye rolley thang again.
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