Part 2 – The Paralysis of the Privileged.
NOTE: This is Part 2. You can read Part 1 by clicking here.
The view from the Heartland
For readers who are lucky enough to be sheltered from blatantly racist ideologies, consider my experience living and teaching in the Heartland for the past nine years:
My students here in Nebraska, for the most part, are wonderful, curious, and upstanding individuals. I see the undergraduates as the typical children of Middle America. Many come from small towns, rural, and suburban communities with little, if any, diversity. A few of them tell me they attended one-room schools in the more remote parts of the state.
When we start talking about diversity, I am always a bit surprised when some of them confess how widespread the use of the N-word is in their families and hometowns. They disclose how they grew up with hateful stereotypes of Latinos, LGBT people, and Native Americans.
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