Archive for October 2018

Every One of Them White

Most of us genuinely reject bigotry. The imagination’s fixation on worlds without nonwhites is mostly fueled by the pursuit of comfort, not by hatred. Our residential and educational practices betray unconscious and unacknowledged comfort zones. The Costco “holiday village” in which every merry-maker is white demonstrates exactly what makes many of us comfortable. We white people need to break ourselves of those mental comfort zones, though, because we are powerful, and our dreams greatly affect what happens in real life.