Monday, August 10, 2009

Ignorance

Today, I read this entry and cried. I cried for this family I don't even know. The ignorance and hatred they experienced is almost unimaginable. You know racism exists and that it exists everywhere. You accept that your child will one day face prejudice based on the color of her skin and you plan how you will deal with it - whether a one-person act or systemic discrimination. We are not naive. What I can't wrap my brain around is this actually happening to us. I honestly don't know what I would do. And this hits close to home. We live in Washington state, which I've always thought of as a diverse, open-minded place to live. We are headed to the Olympic Peninsula in another week for our annual visit. This is where we will bring our daughter each year and what happened scares me. We have lived a life of privilege. We have not experienced racism because we were born white. We have not had to stare it straight in the eye nor been forced to flee from it. I pray our child doesn't ever face this level of racism. But we will be prepared to fight if she does.