If only all white people (men especially) could just read and accept this paragraph we would make so much progress. It’s not about outright bigotry. It’s about the subtle ways in which whiteness (and maleness and straightness, etc.) gets you ahead. Numerous articles have made it clear that how successful you are is directly tied to who you know. I’ve been fortunate to be in Atlanta where a black woman can make some meaningful connections in the city, but am still painfully aware of how many opportunities I will never get access to because old white men who run the state legislature and are leaders in the private sector won’t invite me to their events, or to even have a conversation without pre-judging and shutting me out.