You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Fight Racism. But You Have to Try

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I am a white guy who talks about racism.

I teach mostly students of color in a western Pennsylvania public school. I write a blog about education and issues of prejudice. And I participate in social justice campaigns to try and redress the inequality all around me.

But in my quest to be an anti-racist, one of the most common criticisms people hurl my way is to call me smug:

You think you’re so perfect!

 

You’re just suffering from white guilt.

 

You love black people more than your own people.

Things like that.

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret.

I make mistakes.

All. The. Time.

I am just like every other white person out there. But I have recognized certain facts about my world and I’m trying to do something about them.

America is built on the genocide of over 110 million indigenous Americans…

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