18 Apr Let’s Help One Another Not Judge One Another
Last week two Black men were arrested at Starbucks. Their crime was wanting to use the bathroom without buying anything. This Starbucks was in a predominately white neighborhood and the manager who called the cops had internal biases. If a person is taught that minorities loiter at a higher rate than whites (which is an unproven fact), then they will have that thought in their minds especially if they are in a position of power.
My wish is to reflect on some of our own internal biases to see how we can minimize the effect they have on our everyday lives. I had an internal bias when it came to homeless people and I’d roll up my windows at a red light when a homeless person would ask for money. I was afraid of them. I could tell they felt less than when I would do that so now I keep my windows down because I know there is no factual uses to my internal biases of being attached or robbed.
Update:Starbucks will close their 8,000 company owned stores on May 29th to teach about racial bias.
Peace and Love,
Andrew of We Take Note for The Wishwall
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