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34. This brought tears to my eyes.
Sat Feb 2, 2019, 07:12 PM
Feb 2019

I am a white female, who was luckily raised by two parents who taught us that we are all equal. No exceptions.

I can remember the first time I saw a photo of 'whites only, and blacks only' water fountains. I couldn't understand how people could do that to one another. And that was just the water fountain. I was a child, but I knew what I was seeing was wrong.

I don't have the power of words that MrScorpio has.
I don't just have tears in my eyes. I am sitting here weeping. I can't understand how human beings can treat each other in such horrible ways, and with such hatred in their hearts and souls.

I don't understand how someone can see a photo from 35 years ago, and make excuses for it, because it was 35 YEARS AGO. 35 years ago, I was 27. And at 27 I knew that behavior was wrong. I also knew that when I was five years old.

After reading all of the posts on DU yesterday, mostly regarding Governor Northam, I sat and thought a lot about it last night. I thought about how hard EffieBlack was trying to get posters to understand where she was coming from. And here MrScorpio is doing the same thing. Trying to get white people to understand how hard it is to live in a country where you are not accepted, where are you are constantly discriminated against, if you are not white.

Being white, I will never be able to understand what you have had to go through. I can read your words, and try with all my might to gain some understanding of what your lives are like. And I am so grateful that you are taking the time to share with us so that we can gain more understanding of what it is like to be black in America.

Last night, after seeing so many people rushing to the defense of Governor Northam, I wondered if there is some moral code within us, something born into our natures, that helps some of us see what is truly right, and blinds others to the truth. Because I truly cannot understand how people can look at what is sitting right in front of them, and deny it is there.

Thank you MrScorpio, thank you EffieBlack, thank you to all of the DU'ers who keep educating us.

I keep hoping that humanity, the humanity of kindness and compassion will win out. That respect for one another will become the norm, rather than a moment here and there.

Reading later underpants Feb 2019 #1
K&R EffieBlack Feb 2019 #2
K&R WhiskeyGrinder Feb 2019 #3
Kick and Rec! Anon-C Feb 2019 #4
k&r Soph0571 Feb 2019 #5
K&R Solly Mack Feb 2019 #6
Everyone should read this malaise Feb 2019 #7
Seconded... RHMerriman Feb 2019 #8
One of the most brilliant posts I've seen here in ages Glamrock Feb 2019 #9
I loved reading this MrGrieves Feb 2019 #10
This is excellent. spicysista Feb 2019 #11
Kick and rec NRaleighLiberal Feb 2019 #12
K&R TDale313 Feb 2019 #13
K&R smirkymonkey Feb 2019 #14
K&R. Thank you, perfectly expressed. Rhiannon12866 Feb 2019 #15
Recommended. panader0 Feb 2019 #16
Good essay. Chemisse Feb 2019 #17
If only jayddrew Feb 2019 #57
"Black people are not the beneficiaries of white normality in America " lindysalsagal Feb 2019 #18
Yes, women get it too. greymattermom Feb 2019 #48
k&r MaryMagdaline Feb 2019 #19
Thanks for the insight. Nitram Feb 2019 #20
K&R Scurrilous Feb 2019 #21
Different side of the Racist Coin Roy Rolling Feb 2019 #22
I read it otherwise... KSNY Feb 2019 #24
K & R mountain grammy Feb 2019 #23
Thank you KSNY Feb 2019 #25
You have us to a T wryter2000 Feb 2019 #26
Wonderful essay. my friend. annabanana Feb 2019 #27
This post should be read and internalized. GaYellowDawg Feb 2019 #28
MrScorpio, thanks for your thoughtful essay. FuzzyRabbit Feb 2019 #29
Thank you for a really excellent essay. PatrickforO Feb 2019 #30
You said so many things so very well Mr. Scorpio, this stuck out for me: yonder Feb 2019 #31
Thank you, MrScorpio, excellent as always. I lost my sh*t there yesterday & I am sorry... Hekate Feb 2019 #32
Excellent Post! kooth Feb 2019 #33
This brought tears to my eyes. Dem2theMax Feb 2019 #34
This! mcar Feb 2019 #35
Thank you. K&R tomg Feb 2019 #36
K&R ismnotwasm Feb 2019 #37
How can white people force other white people to get their shit together? oberliner Feb 2019 #38
Maybe by refusing to accept the normalization of their racism ? Haggis for Breakfast Feb 2019 #45
yes, these are good strategies... Trueblue Texan Feb 2019 #49
friendly correction happy feet Feb 2019 #63
Beautiful. I'm about to read it again. Thank you. defacto7 Feb 2019 #39
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Coventina Feb 2019 #40
Simply outstanding. recovering_democrat Feb 2019 #41
DU has had some really good post this week on a variety of stuff. yours is at the top. Kurt V. Feb 2019 #42
k&r bigtree Feb 2019 #43
Thanks grantcart Feb 2019 #44
K&R & thanks. nt tblue37 Feb 2019 #46
Hear hear! BumRushDaShow Feb 2019 #47
Thank you. ananda Feb 2019 #50
Brilliant essay, you saidsimplesimon Feb 2019 #51
👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2019 #52
This White Male agrees... fascisthunter Feb 2019 #53
Thanks for that. aikoaiko Feb 2019 #54
In all the years I've been on DU dobleremolque Feb 2019 #55
Great essay. Bookmarked. n/t MicaelS Feb 2019 #56
There are many times I hate DU DonCoquixote Feb 2019 #58
Thanks for this. I have tried very hard to avoid racism my whole life greymattermom Feb 2019 #59
Nice, bruh! Dr Rise Feb 2019 #60
Thank You bobnicewander Feb 2019 #61
K&R geardaddy Feb 2019 #62
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