Like most old farts, I like watching the History Channel and now wish I had not slept in history class in school. When I was 17, I stood on the grounds of the concentration camp in Dachau and marveled at how green the grass was. Then, I realized WHY the grass was so green and it was all I could do to keep from vomiting.
I wish I could share that feeling of awareness / awakening with some of the people I see on TV. The feeling is especially strong now that I have seen my town, Durham, NC, shut down early because of the threat of the KKK protesting downtown. I wonder why this group of people seemingly lack the human capacity of empathy. If someone who looked like you was denied a seat at a counter, hung from a tree, denied access to schools, given rough rides, shot in the back by the police, tied up and dragged behind a pick up until dead, suffocated for selling single cigarettes, you would be afraid to set foot outside your damn house. You hope for justice and instead, you find, just us.
Let that sink in... there is a subset of while people who look just like other white people and they are OK with you being mistreated...even abused, assaulted or murdered. How would you present yourself in the world?
Maybe the fear is that one day there will be statues of Malcolm X, various Black Panthers, and flags with the fist of solidarity flying throughout the country and in front of buildings where Justice is supposed to be blind. Or maybe seeing a jury of your peers without a single caucasian in the group.
Maybe the fear is that you will be treated in exactly the same way you have treated others? As you sow, so shall you reap. My suggestion is go get on the right side of history and then pray to your deity of choice that they are more forgiving than you may have been.