Daily Kos — By FogCityJohnFriday, June 30, 2017 — Photo caption: Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile —

The brutality with which Negroes are treated in this country simply cannot be overstated, however unwilling white men may be to hear it.

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)

My fellow white people, we need to talk. Those of you who know me know I don’t write many diaries, and I put off writing this one because I’m not sure I’m the best person to start this discussion, but damn, do we ever need to talk.

We need to talk about that thing we never seem to want to talk about — our own racism. And I don’t mean the “look over there at that guy with the Confederate flag” kind of racism, or racism in the abstract, disembodied sense. I mean the racism in each and every one of us, me included, that allows us to tolerate things like this happening in the 21st century:

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