What Kind Of White Person Would I Have Been?

In a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day talk, Ali Michael admits regretfully that as a white person, had she been living during the Civil Rights era, she probably would not either supported or opposed anti-racism activists, but would have been a bystander. “The third kind of White people was White people who didn’t pay attention to what was going on. They didn’t fight it, and they didn’t support it. Sometimes they didn’t even know about it. They didn’t care. They were bystanders.” In giving evidence from her life to support this conclusion, Michael points out ways white people today need to fight racism every day.


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