Reblog about race in Merica + a plug for this book written by a Nigerian immigrant to America. I just want to say that- A. some of my closest friends have immigrated here from other countries & I love them dearly. I’m grateful they are here and they bring a fresh perspective ot the culture I grew up in and I’m not always objective to- B. Instead of arguing about who is in the right or wrong with race issues/ police killings, try listening to how someone feels, when they are afraid, profiled, hurt, and discriminated against- empathy and understanding go a long way.
I absolutely love this book. I love it because it’s raw, it’s real, and it made me uncomfortable to read it. The author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells the story of a Nigerian woman who moved to America for university. She discusses her experience acclimating to American culture as an African, and America’s issues with race (yes, we have issues). In reading this, I reflected on my own experiences- I know what you are thinking, I’m a white girl from the Midwest, born and raised in the US, so what experiences? Valid point. I might not be qualified to talk about race or racism at all, but I do have a perspective based on my life experiences and I’m passionate about it. You are more than welcome to disagree.
First, it made me deeply embarrassed to read the author describe wealthy white women talking about their charities and poor people in…
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