MSNBC: I get the feeling that many white folks who don’t follow the social media world know that white people don’t like talking about race and racism, that we have to keep it a secret and that there is no way to talk about race without being racist.
Do you agree?
I think that’s a little misguided, Sandy.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t talk about it or not talk about this.
I think that we should have that conversation, because I think it’s the way forward.
I don’t know if we should keep talking about this, but I do think that when we do it right, we can be a better community than we are today.
I don’t think that people understand that racism isn’t just in the words we use, that racism is in the ways we look at people.
It’s the ways that we treat them.
It doesn’t matter who they are.
We are all just people.
And there are times when people are not listening to what we say, when people just treat us differently.
So I think we need to keep our conversations open and have conversations that we can’t keep private.
Yes, that’s the first thing, and that’s why we need more conversations like the one you just had.
We need to talk more about the experiences of people of color, and we need conversations that are not about race, but about how to make the world a better place for all of us.
And if you’re not going to talk to us about that, then you need to start.
And that starts with talking to people who are different than you.