What I “get” is the mostly white mentality that puts up a wall the minute any talk of race or racism enters the conversation, because I used to think in those ways too. It’s hard for many white people to understand systemic racism and how they’ve benefit from it. So I talk & write about it to share what I’ve learned so far (knowing I have MUCH more to learn) with my predominantly white readers. I don’t write about race and racism often (only two pieces out of hundreds of others so far), because I don’t want to be just another white voice taking up space that could be better occupied by a person of color. On social media I frequently use my platforms there to highlight writers of color, especially if they have intersectionalities like being black and trans, or black and queer. I predominantly write about gender diversity, because I have a trans kid. Occasionally, I write about race and racism since I learned so much from reading black writers. I want to share what I’ve learned with other white people who are likely to read, and hopefully, likely to at least think about their white privilege in a different way.

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