Thank you for reading and responding. In writing this piece for my fellow white people, I was attempting to do exactly that — have an honest conversation about race. It seems like you were angered or had a knee-jerk reaction, which is something I cautioned against in the article. Regarding the “race card,” I was pointing out that it doesn’t exist in the way white people typically use it. The phrase itself, as most white people use it, is yet another obstacle to progress on understanding systemic racism. White people use the term “playing the race card” as if it’s dealt like some kind of upper hand in a card game. But there is no upper hand for black people in America. That’s the whole point. Well, that, and how people attack back on African American racial truths by defending the “race card” phrase as a way to shut down and silence attempts at furthering the racism dialogue, which I feel like is exactly what you just did.