Sometimes Life Intervenes

I am not supposed to be. I was born with this contextual information, just like being a girl. I don’t remember anyone telling me I am a female or explaining what that means, rather it is just a condition that has always existed and that I have always known and accepted. Indeed, today I embrace my womanness. Similarly, no one ever told me I am not supposed to be, but that knowledge has always existed. Similar to being female, the condition of being does not change, so I embrace being, too.
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Dark Matters Inside

Racism is an ugly word. No one grows up striving to be a racist, whatever that means anyway. Most dominant culture white people do things and say things, however, that reinforce racially-based oppressions, often inadvertently and unknowingly. Occasionally I catch myself upholding the patterns of interactions that support racially-based misunderstandings and discrimination. Does that make me a racist?
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