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Ann Filemyr

  • I would have to say that all white people are naïve about the persistence of the color line. We prefer naïveté — in fact we insist on it. If we as white poeple actually faced the entrenched injustice of our socioeconomic system and our cultural arrogance, we might suffer tears, we might suffer the enormous weight of history, we might face the iceberg of guilt which is the underside of privilege. We might begin to glimpse our losses, our estrangement from others, our intense fear as the result of a social system that places us in the precarious position of the top. We might be moved to call out and protest the cruelty that passes for normal behavior in our daily lives, in our cities, and on our streets.

    • Ann Filemyr,
    • in Marita Golden and Susan Richards Shreve, eds., Skin Deep ()

Ann Filemyr, U.S. educator, poet