All people are unique human beings.
I met my first Black person in college where I was luckily free of preconceived notions having grown up in a small all white town where race wasn’t even part of the discussion. Naive? Absolutely! Willing to be open minded and learn? Certainly. I have learned and experienced more in the past 40 years than I ever could have imagined–about myself and others with regard to race and attitudes about it. I was married to a Black man, have Black stepchildren and grandchildren whom I love, have always worked with populations of color in my profession (as clients and colleagues), continue to be open, willing to learn, and try to understand the best I can the experiences of others that I will never have myself.
Michele Norris is the host of NPR’s All Things Considered and the author of The Grace of Silence.