A white man shares publicly that a group of Black Harvard graduates "look like gang members to me" and claims he would have said the same of white people dressed similarly. A white physician mistakes a Black physician for a janitor and says it was an honest mistake. A white woman asks to touch a Black classmate's hair, is scolded for doing so and sulks, "I was just curious."
It's a pattern that recurs countless times, in myriad interactions and contexts, across American society. A white person says something that is experienced as racially biased, is called on it and reacts defensively.
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