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If you’re a white person, and you’re talking to people of color about a prominent person of their same race or ethnic origin, you can’t ever be too respectful… Not “MLK” but “Dr. King”

 

Have you seen the video of these two Scottish guys who try to get a voice-activated lift (elevator) to understand what they’re saying? What if they were black? … So These Two Scottish Guys get onto a Lift…

Meeting Kyle’s Parents — Actually Going to Church

Sunday morning, I was sitting at the kitchen table eating breakfast, as Mr. and Mrs. Jones were getting ready to go to Sunday School. Mr. Jones started talking about this new suit that a friend of his had gotten, how nice it was, how well it fit, how sharp it looked, and as he’s saying all this I’m wondering what the heck is this about?…

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Meeting Kyle’s Parents — Preparing for the Culture

Meeting Kyle’s Parents — Preparing for the Culture

“Black people come in all different shades, don’t they?” I asked my friend Crissa. “So will they notice I’m white?” “Honey,” replied Crissa, “they’ll notice.” It was May 2000, and I was asking Crissa what to expect when I went to Kyle’s family’s church. Kyle and I were going to Danville, Virginia, so I could meet his parents…

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No One Is a “Self-Made Man”

No One Is a “Self-Made Man”

The way the speaker described his story, he’d achieved everything in his life on his own. But I wish he’d talked about his wife, and about his son who probably didn’t see him often, and about his professors, and about his secretary/executive assistant, and about the advantage he got from being white…

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Why are Black People Lit so Poorly?

Why are Black People Lit so Poorly?

One day, when Kyle was re-watching an episode of “The West Wing.” There was a scene between a white character and a black character. The white actress’s face was lit well. You could see her face, you could see her expressions. But the black actress, her face wasn’t lit well at all. She was in so much shadow…

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