Can people really not see that it might be racist to assert “free choice” to avoid sitting next to a black person on a public bus who, besides skin color, is much like the other riders, but it might not be racist to avoid a violent, delusional black person who accosts them on the street, and that even if the latter avoidance is racist, it’s still probably a good idea under the circumstances? We are so taken with “racist” as an epithet that we sometimes forget that at the core of anti-racism are values of common sense and rationality. We are in a sadly paradoxical age of reasonable racists and irrational anti-racists.
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-Lolita Buckner Inniss