Castillo: America is talking about race. How can we not?


I read about an African American man who when asked why he dwelled on race so much, responded: “How can I not? It seems to intersect all facets of my life.”

That was years ago, but the comment stayed with me because the subject of racial bias lurks in the corners of my mind, informed by my life experiences. I’m not special — I bet this is the case for many people of color, for whom bigotry can rear its ugly head any time, in ways you might not imagine or notice if you’re white.

America is talking a lot about race these days because it keeps intersecting facets of our lives: Those arrests of two men at a Philadelphia Starbucks, apparently for sitting while black. The Austin bomber who initially terrorized minority neighborhoods, killing two black men and seriously injuring a Hispanic woman. The Austin Police Department’s early investigation, which fanned stereotypes and cast suspicion on the first African American victim. The redrawn Texas voting districts that dilute the votes of minorities. The San Antonio charter school assignment that asked students to list positive aspects of slavery. These are just instances I can pull off the top of my head. Like pulling cards from a fat deck. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.



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