It’s Not About Race!
John Metta

Growing up as a white male in American society, I am required to envision reasons besides racial prejudice when I am treated unfairly. I used to blame my age, that I’m too young to receive their respect, but now that I’ve gotten older and that excuse doesn’t work anymore. When I am treated unfairly in obviously biased ways, I always imagine how easy it would be if I were a minority to believe it was because of my race. I’m not discounting the experiences you share, racism absolutely exists and dialogs like this are key part of understanding and addressing it, and I very much appreciate this article. But I am also sharing insight from my own personal experience, as you have, that there are also plenty of reasons why people may treat you in prejudiced ways that have nothing to do with race. (In fact, I might argue that language, how you talk/what your speech sounds like, is a stronger trigger for casting people into social buckets and informing/mis-informing our expectations ab0ut their behavior.) Unless they tell you, something reserved for only the most emboldened racism, how can anyone know why someone is mistreating them? My aunt told my cousin that she couldn’t be an engineer because it’s too hard. You have to admit that it’s true that it’s not always about race. But you’re right, it is always about culture.

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