Thank you for your thoughtful response.

I understand how you think I’m being naive. I can see how your experience of being stereotype is less forgiving than my own. I just invite people to ask themselves more deeply, “Why do these stereotypes exist?” Is it the stereotyper who should get the blame? Or is it that system that made the stereotype largely true (or at least true to some degree)? I say it’s the system. For example you mention black people being arrested. If you look at crime statistics though… cops are actually under-arresting black people. It can’t be the police then, although there are definitely racist police officers. The deeper question is why are black people disproportionally committing violent crime? It is because the education system failed them.

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