Your comparing the Norman invasion of England to slavery flipped a switch in my head and I came a bit closer to understanding. You stepped into my euro-normative perspective and gave me an example I could understand. It is total shit that you should have to do that but it worked and I’m grateful.
I’m an admitted racist with lots of work to do but I try hard to understand. Like you say, it is so very difficult when my white privilege and inherent racism is the air I breath, the water I swim in, to step back and see what is going on.
It seems I need others to help me see these things. Others to take my breath away so I can see how naturally I see things a certain way. You did that for me today. Thank you.