The following questions are not exclusive to any one race. Because as I’ve written on many occasions in speaking about race, I continue to believe that racism itself ironically does not do what it is because anyone can be a racist regardless of their race. The difficulties I’ve experienced with getting people to speak openly about their racial experiences are that they are afraid of saying something wrong or being stigmatized.
I simply want people to begin considering each other beyond themselves. This means not being afraid to say something that may be misunderstood at first. That’s why I try to give people the opportunity to explain and why I consider what they have to say and how they’re saying it and from what experiences they’re saying it from. Those who personally know me already know I’m not going to judge you. I may ask questions to better understand where you’re coming from, but I’m not seeking to judge you.
So I will try yet again with this discussion, because it’s one that we all need to have. I give you my word that I will not allow anyone to criticize your experiences. All I ask is that you be sincere and considerate in your response to these questions.
It doesn’t matter if you disagree with me politically, culturally, spiritually or on some other issue. This isn’t a time to promote any hatred for any specific group of people or person. I encourage you to begin your own discussions and/or send them here to share their experiences.
When was the first time you were called or was referred to as a racially derogatory name?
How did it make you feel?
How did you respond?
How has that event affected your private and/or subliminal racial views, ideology and opinions towards others?
What have you done to not make the same mistake that was made towards you?