Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Discovering Privilege

Yesterday morning as I drove Jack to school, we had the car radio tuned to a talk show. The conversation was focused on the recent, mixed-message verdict in the Michael Dunn (aka "Loud Music") trial. A man called in, and with deep emotion, he talked about how he feels compelled to tell his 14-year-old black son not to wear his hood when they go into the city, fearing for his safety.

I looked over at the passenger seat. My son, 14 years old and in a hoodie, was listening to the man and looking at me with eyes wide.

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