Newsworks brings you the story from Anndee Hochman, of a front-door encounter with…black man. It’s incredibly powerful, we must share these last two paragraphs, and you really must read Race-based assumptions collide but do not combust on a Philadelphia porch — from NewsWorks.
Prejudice runs in all directions. But power, in the United States, in 2014, notwithstanding a twice-elected African-American president, is held disproportionately in hands that look like mine.
And with that power comes a stern obligation: Notice your privilege, that invisible cloak. Name it. Use it to make this world a more just place. Stop claiming color-blindness. Have conversations — with your partner, with your kids, with your neighbors — that acknowledge race’s role in all of our stories. Do it now. Before another brown-skinned boy — cousin, brother, neighbor — reaches for his pocket and loses his life.