My first impulse was to dismiss this. Continue reading How to talk to white people
My core belief is fairly obscure.
I never supposed anyone would attack it directly.
This is a time for the white person to look the black person in the eye and know that she or he is hurting.
This is a time for the black person to look the white person in the eye and know that he or she is hurting.
I am at a difficult juncture.
My immediate material situation requires that, like never before in my life, I practice what I preach; care for myself; work in my own self-interest; be “here-now-can;” “keep the focus on me;” live by the Serenity Prayer. These are what I counsel any poor person to do. These are what I most emphatically now must do myself.
This entails dis-attending to all the current social turmoil.
It entails turning a deaf ear and blind eye to many messages, insistent messages, particularly coming from those who claim to have the best interests of the poor (like me) at heart.