Philando Castile’s death two weeks ago forced me to see how little I knew.
I was blind. White blind. I was ignorant about the racial divides, the racism, where I live. I thought the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Samuel Dubose, and Alton Sterling were tragedies that happened somewhere else. Not here.
Now I know. We are Ferguson and Cleveland and Baltimore and Baton Rouge. We are a place where a cop can fatally shoot a black man because he is black. I don’t want another Philando Castile to die because people like me are white blind.
So here’s what I’m reading and following, to see what I should have known years ago:
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, Sun Yung Shin, ed.