AM I A RACIST?

April 21, 2017

  1. I went with my father-in-law for some of his medical tests. A nurse walked in, carrying a big smile, a friendly disposition, a great sense of humor. We really liked her a lot.

But, I couldn’t help but notice that she was black.

  1. One of the Bible studies I go to has about 10 men. I really like James because he and I always interrupt to ask questions. He’s always thinking.

I couldn’t help but notice that he is black.

  1. The nurse was having a conversation with us, and I mentioned James as a friend.

I said he is a black man who grew up Catholic.
(Wendy later questioned why I felt that his skin color was a necessary insertion.)

  1. Wendy and I watch a lot of cooking competitions, and we usually root for the one that appears to be the nicest.

Sometimes we choose a white person.

Sometimes we choose a person of a different skin color.

I may say, “I’m rooting for the black girl.”

  1. We have a gas station in Hawkins that is run by a middle eastern man.
    I noticed it right away.
    He has a bit of an accent.
    I asked him where he is from.
    Pakistan.
    I love the chicken tenders there.
    He is nice, and often gives me an extra piece of chicken.
  2. When I stop at a store sometimes on the way home, I am really tired.
    My tired face looks pretty frowny.
    When I see someone of color, I try to smile and say hello.
    I don’t do this for everybody.

My problem is, I can’t help but notice.

So, does that make me a racist?

  1. I went with my father-in-law for some of his medical tests. A nurse walked in, carrying a big smile, a friendly disposition, a great sense of humor. We really liked her a lot.

But, I couldn’t help but notice that she was black.

  1. One of the Bible studies I go to has about 10 men. I really like James because he and I always interrupt to ask questions. He’s always thinking.

I couldn’t help but notice that he is black.

  1. The nurse was having a conversation with us, and I mentioned James as a friend.

I said he is a black man who grew up Catholic.
(Wendy later questioned why I felt that his skin color was a necessary insertion.)

  1. Wendy and I watch a lot of cooking competitions, and we usually root for the one that appears to be the nicest.

Sometimes we choose a white person.

Sometimes we choose a person of a different skin color.

I may say, “I’m rooting for the black girl.”

  1. We have a gas station in Hawkins that is run by a middle eastern man.
    I noticed it right away.
    He has a bit of an accent.
    I asked him where he is from.
    Pakistan.
    I love the chicken tenders there.
    He is nice, and often gives me an extra piece of chicken.
  2. When I stop at a store sometimes on the way home, I am really tired.
    My tired face looks pretty frowny.
    When I see someone of color, I try to smile and say hello.
    I don’t do this for everybody.

My problem is, I can’t help but notice.

So, does that make me a racist?

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2 thoughts on “AM I A RACIST?

  1. Just being aware of a person’s race or ethnicity doesn’t prove you are a racist any more than noticing a person’s hair color would. However it is possible that you might have a tendency toward racism that you are trying to suppress. The impulse to be racist isn’t a sin, it is only a temptation that must be resisted.

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