You’ve long been one of my favorite follows on Twitter and this post did not disappoint. I grew up in a small Midwestern town that was almost completely white. I had a safe childhood and never feared the police. In addition, I was raised in a Rush Limbaugh-loving home where racial topics were generally met with the cold stats you mention (out-of-wedlock birth rate, black-on-black violence, etc.). There was no empathy. I’ve come to realize just how wrong and self-defeating that is.
This brings to mind the thoughtful responses of Marco Rubio to the incidents of racial violence in the last several months that helped me understand the real point that you’re making — it doesn’t help build bridges if we just tell another group that their feelings are invalid or wrong. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be raised in a family where there is fear of the police, and it won’t help anything to shout down people who live that life and bark “well, don’t break the law and you have nothing to worry about!”
Thank you for sharing. I absolutely have this feeling of the scales falling from my eyes on the topic. This conservative is hoping that Conservative Black Man’s message is spread far and wide.