It’s Not About Race!
John Metta

Mr. Metta, congrats on a wonderful piece with spot-on historical perspective. I’m white, and live in Oakland, Calif. When I tell white people I’ve just met where I live, it often seems to be a cue for them to give me their opinions on Black people. Or, they tend to get discomfited, telling me, “I hear there are nice neighborhoods up in the hills,” as their eyes dart around to avoid making eye contact. I don’t live in the hills. It’s an odd construct, and sort of feels connected to the systems you articulated here. Anyway, best of luck with your work going forward.

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