I think that it is great that you are able to admit areas of ignorance and willing to become enlightened. I am daily engaged by white people that do not even acknowledge their lack of understanding. They still in this day in time say things like ‘I have black friends’ or I don’t see color. Let’s be real…you do see color it’s apparent, there is no way around it. There is nothing wrong with seeing color. It’s just like seeing a building and knowing if it is gray or blue. The problem comes with your response to people of color. The problem comes when you are outraged about someone taking a stand against racism in a civil manner. The problem comes when you adapt to a negative paradigm of an oppresive culture and get angry when the oppressed take a stand and say no more. Thanks for taking a first step. It is my hope that this step is the beginning of a journey and not a quick walk around the block. To Mr. Metta my response to white people that say let’s have a non-emotional conversation about race is this…..If your mother, sister, or child was brutally beaten and raped in front of you, would you be able to testify in court without shedding a tear? The average person would say no. Why? Because you are personally attached to your family and the situation rather you want to be or not. As a black woman, I am personally attached to issues of race not because I want to be, but because I was born into it and have had negative experiences whether or not I wanted to.