I watched Tavis Smiley, the president, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, etc., share with us their anguish and how demeaned they had all felt, at sometime in the past, when car doors clicked to "lock" when they passed.
Similarly, the president related how awful he felt when a white woman in an elevator held her purse closely because he entered the elevator car. Eric Holder told an audience that now he would feel responsible to teach his 15-year-old son to be very careful if confronted by the police for any reason.
Listening to this, I learned that black people feel they alone had these fears.
Actually, as a 71-year-old white woman, I have always held my purse closer when any younger man approached me, whether I was in an elevator or a car.
I don't mean to make light of racism, but I don't think that is always what is going on. I do believe racism is a two-way boulevard. We truly do have way more in common than differences. Let's try to live that way.
- Blythe Cozza, Crown Point