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Re: “Break Free

Tara, this is a fabulous article. You fit an impressive lot into a limited number of words. Of all of the angles you could've taken, I'm thankful you chose to discuss systemic racism, since this seems to have been largely overlooked so far.

I'm sure we can all agree that the Whitworth girls didn't intend harm and are almost certainly not overt racists. But when there's a lack of understanding of our nation's struggle with race and how it's still so prevalent today, that's a problem. When there's a lack of empathy for the struggles that others have historically and continue to face, that's a problem. And above all, as you point out, it's really, really, a problem that so many people don't see that.

Folks, would you want someone to dress up as a crucified Jesus for Halloween? Or maybe a crew dresses up as Hitler and Nazi soldiers? Probably not. Neither of those things are racist. They're disrespectful to those impacted by the historical events, to those who are close to the subject matter. Dressing up in blackface speaks to systemic racism, largely because it shows a lack of understanding of how and why it's disrespectful to do so.

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Posted by SB on 09/16/2015 at 7:51 AM

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