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People are not inherently racist for their skin color or their upbringing

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People are not inherently racist for their skin color or their upbringing

I think it's an unfortunate simplification of racial issues to subscribe to the idea that all white people are racist, because you would never make such a generalized statement about any other ethnic group. And I think this is really unfortunate. I am bi-racial--I don't believe in that term.

My mother's white and my father's black, and I just don't think that people are inherently racist for their skin color or their upbringing, because the white children of the white civil rights activists are not raised in an environment that tells us that the race of white children of white civil rights activists who grow up in a multi-ethnic area don't grow up racist.

I think there's a lot of racial ignorance in our country from people who mean well, and simply have never interacted with someone different from them. And I think it's really important to advocate for judging people by their character, not by their skin. As a black woman, I should be proud of being black, but I don’t have control of being black. But I have control of the setting, and I have control over who I care about--I have control over the decisions in my life, and that's what I think I should be judged on. So, I think it would do all of us a great deal of benefit to judge by character, and not by race. And, I think that people who are racist will respond to that well.