If I’ve still got your attention, you are white, and/or your first 18 years started similar to mine in small town America, here’s my point. It’s okay to admit it. We come from a background that did not promote equality. We’re not sure how it occurred, who’s to blame, or if we can ever truly overcome it. But shrugging it off and failing to recognize how the past has likely jaded our present makes us idiots. Claiming empathy makes us bigots.
Your candor with this conclusion is remarkable and is a welcoming step towards what is perceivably a radical reconsideration of this racial social construct and its psychologically deleterious effects that promote and instill illegitimate cognitive biases. For a white American male — especially of this background — this reconstruction of social reality away from implausible perceptions starts with taking an honest look at the absurd notions leading to broad-based inequality that is concomitant with sustaining a status quo with its privileges. It would prove to be more fulfilling if attempts to negotiate diversity were instead replaced with the acceptance of such diversity.