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  1. Beth Elver · June 13, 2020

    Very thought provoking, Ken. I found myself asking the same questions as you. Do we try to justify our actions? Go back to 1492 and substitute Native American or Indian for black. I was teased when I was in high school for being Norwegian BY by Norwegian friends. Go figure. Hi to Deb. I hope you received and like your Yosemite bookmark. 😍

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    • kwundrow · June 13, 2020

      The bookmark was perfect. Especially mysteriously received in letter from me to me. I just returned and opened it as i was finishing reading in my current novel. Didnt have to fold over the page. Thanks for reading my blog and always commenting. Means a lot to an amateur wanna be writer.

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  2. Gretty · June 13, 2020

    Boom! This post is spot on, Ken. Thank you for your vulnerable sharing and zeroing in on racist truths we need to address and change.

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  3. Karen Briggs · June 13, 2020

    This really got me thinking about the difference between racism and implicit bias. I know that although I do not consider myself racist, I definitely have implicit bias : implicit bias [ im-plis-it bahy-uhs ]SHOW IPA ________________________________ noun Psychology. bias that results from the tendency to process information based on unconscious associations and feelings, even when these are contrary to one’s conscious or declared beliefs:

    and…..that is really tough to combat. We are all products of our life experiences, teaching, environment, etc. If I may play devil’s advocate, if you had called your daughter “articulate”, would she have called you out for saying that just because she is your daughter, or because she is a woman? I know there is a difference and puts me in a position of being accused of “cancel culture”. The fact that you are an old(er) white male, also carries some implicit bias. Having said all that, I agree that we have a huge racism problem in this country and we need to get it resolved. I certainly don’t have the answers and I am not by nature, a politically outspoken person. I tend to keep my own counsel and have made a rule of not engaging in debates on social media because that is not why I use it. I realize that being a silent, uncomfortable at times, non-confrontational white person, I am “part of the problem”. Well, so be it. Guess I will continue to count on people like you and your daughter to speak on my behalf. Thank you, Ken, for being a voice for change! ?? ________________________________

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  4. Gretty · July 23, 2020

    Hey, Ken. I apologize that I did not leave a response when I read this post last month. I’ll attribute my silence to the fog of processing the horror I lived in for the month of June. I applaud your words and vulnerability in this post – which reflect your strength of character. I found myself nodding my head in agreement over and over.

    I especially liked your point “it is the day to day narrative, the unintentional stereotyping and the acceptance of the black person’s plight that cuts the deepest and creates the environment we so desperately need to repair.”
    Amen, Ken!

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