And the irony (among many) is that you have touched me so deeply via this very language that was shoved down your throats. You have used it to help us understand, knowing that for most of us (light-skinned American people) it is the only one we know.
I agree with you that traveling is no cure. Immersion in another culture, including acquisition of language, is another matter.
In my community there is a group fighting for the eradication of the new Jim Crow (my spell checker capitalized the name I meant to leave small).
What has struck me is the depth of ignorance about this struggle demonstrated by even those white people who have whole heartedly joined the organization. I find great hope in their willingness to accept education and responsibility.
I thank you for taking the time to try to get through to us who have so much to unlearn/learn.
Your writing is great.