It was an easy choice for my husband and I to move from my hometown of New York to Florida and live in a converted car.
But there were some things that we felt we needed to learn to get used to.
We needed to move out of our apartment in Manhattan to the tiny town of Punta Gorda, Florida.
The town had an air of community and pride.
A community that was also a place where we could relax and unwind with friends, enjoy some locally sourced food and spend time with our dogs.
The only problem was, the town wasn’t welcoming to people of color.
And for the past few years, that’s been a problem for me and many others.
While I understand that people of all races and ethnicities feel welcome here, we’re not immune to racism.
It’s an invisible form of racism that has permeated our daily lives and the way we look at the world.
While many people have come to grips with the fact that we’re all the same, we can still be judged by our skin color.
While we’re able to get by with the help of various accommodations, we are still left wondering: What happens when someone of color decides to walk into a neighborhood and say, “You’re going to hell!”
I remember sitting in the parking lot of the local mall and looking at the white women and children with a white man in the backseat, saying to myself, “What’s this guy trying to prove?
He’s not supposed to have a car.”
When the woman in the passenger seat said something like, “I’m not a racist,” I thought, What the hell is she saying?
I don’t understand the racism that is rampant in the United States.
I don, too, understand why some people think that white people are the only ones who should be able to live their lives.
The racist stereotype is still alive and well in America, but it has been replaced by one that acknowledges all people of colour.
In a new book by the writer, activist and educator Amy Goodman, The Color of Law, she lays out a theory about why we treat people of diverse backgrounds differently, and why it has to stop.
The book explores how our prejudices have changed over time, and the ways that these prejudices can be challenged and dismantled.
Goodman points to the fact our society has been built on people of different colors being able to share space, and in turn, live together peacefully.
But she also says that this change has also led to the perception that people who are different are inherently evil and evil people.
It is a problem that we are living with today.
People of colour, for example, are not treated equally in the criminal justice system, according to Goodman.
And people of minority ethnic backgrounds are often denied housing, employment and access to education.
When we think about the crimes committed by those with different skin colors, the criminalization of people of diversity is a reminder of how far we have to go to break down the harmful beliefs that still hold people back.
The Color Of Law is available at Amazon and Amazon.com.