This reminds me of the time a White man told me I should not play the race card. Before I tell how I responded, I agree with what you wrote, it just made me think of my response:

First: I said I just love it when non Blacks tell Blacks when NOT to play the race card.

Second: I told the gentleman, I did not shuffle the cards. I did not cut the cards. And I certainly was not allowed to deal the cards. I’m simply playing the hand that was dealt to the Black community.

Third: I asked him how do you solve the problem of racism without using the word? Of course he did not respond.

I love playing the race card its the only way you can win the game of racism.

But it is a step backwards in the fight to expose and choke off racism if one claims they are a victim of racism and there is no racism. I’ve seen that too. And the racism sniffing dog that I am, I get no doggie treats if I don’t find racism.

1983 to 1993 Bible Study teacher at SF juvenile hall. Currently prison reform activist and author of Case Game - Activating the Activist; an autobiography.

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