I was happy to see Jason Miyares condemn racism after the Buffalo massacre in a recent tweet but what we really need is for Miyares to understand and articulate to his supporters the importance of learning about racism and the harm caused by colorblindness.
No one wants white people to feel guilty. What purpose would that serve? The Black people that I have talked to simply want us white people to acknowledge the lasting consequences of 400 years of racism. Guilt isn’t really the feeling I get when I learned about how back in the late 60s that rather than allowing Black people to swim in the same pool with us, we chose to fill them in with cement. The feelings I felt were surprise that I was 40 years old when I learned about this and disgust that we would treat other human being this way. I also had feelings of curiosity. I wanted to learn more about what had happened in the past and how our actions from 60 years ago continue to affect our Black communities to this day.
Could teaching about racism in schools have prevented the massacre of 10 Black people in Buffalo? Miyares tweeted that racism and bigotry have no place here and offered prayers but it’s time for us to hold Miyares accountable. It’s time for him to tell us what ACTIONS he will take to prove that racism and bigotry have no place here?