by SHEREE FRANKLIN-HILL
Originally published: May 25, 2017
There is no mistaking the fact race relations have undergone a dramatic shift in the last few months. However, this does not mean that personal biases or prejudices had not existed before; the difference is that people are more comfortable with expressing their feelings.
In my experience, when people have the opportunity to choose a seat on a flight, they often try to avoid sitting next to anyone that is traveling with a small or child, as well as sitting in the middle seat. I firmly believe there are more fair-minded, good people than those who are quick to make a snap judgment based on the color of a person’s skin. People of color must see this period as an opportunity to expand our toolsets as well as our relationships, to sustain ourselves in these interesting times.
Also, many individuals have a lot of things going on in their lives that we may not even realize. So, it’s important we must interact with others, while being aware of and sensitive to the fact that everyone is dealing with something.