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Ask Amy: Homeowner’s racial call-out offends family

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

But these kids have never bothered to ask.

I meant no harm referring to these teens as “Black kids.”

I don’t enjoy receiving a lecture on being "woke” from two suburban Midwesterners, one of whom has traveled the world working with the disadvantaged.

I know their hearts are in the right place, but what about giving someone the benefit of a doubt, before inferring they are racist?

– Woke Enough

Dear Enough: Do you identify white people who come to your front door using their race as the primary descriptive? I assume not.


So yes, you doing so only with Black people is a racist way to communicate.

You seem to believe that because you aren’t as racist as you were raised to be (and have demonstrated some admirable moments of not being racist), this means that you have conquered racism.

This is an extremely flimsy defense.

You also believe that this young couple should not throw down the race card because you have faced a variety of racial issues over time.


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