GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — I am a white, Christian man. It is not unfair for me to say that no one in America has been discriminated against less than me.
I don't know what it's like to be pulled over because I'm black. I don't know what it's like to be told to speak English. I don't know what it's like to be told my faith is based on violence. I don't know what it's like to be told I should smile more.
These—by the way—are mild, non-violent examples of things that happen regularly in America. I know because I read and report on these stories every single day. And I've heard them said right in front of me.
So, when someone says to me, "Oh, racism is dead." Or, "Oh, slavery was ended 150 years ago." Or, "Oh, we've had a black president..." it irritates me.
It irritates me because I know how wrong it is... and that the people saying this usually look and worship a lot like I do. When they say it, I usually bring up some example that a particular person may try to explain away as an isolated example.
But, it's hard to say racism is dead, when just recently there was a woman here in Michigan running for elected office who said she wanted to keep her community - and I'm quoting here - "as white as possible."
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