I had two engaged listeners to Politics Done Right call in with two stories that exposed their flaws. One did something about it while the other is intent on working to solve his. The woman, a recovered racist, has much to offer to anyone who wants to overcome their prejudices. The video clip in this post of our conversation is inspiring.
My first caller said he loved everything that Pete Buttigieg represented just about everything he believed in right now. The problem was that his personal prejudices may influence his vote since he would be anathema to seeing the husband and husband dance at the Inaugural Ball. We had a productive and substantive discussion on his prejudices and he genuinely sounded like he intends to work on changing sooner rather than later.
The call that follows was the most inspiring. The caller described her transition from being a racist to a person who atoned, became a better person, with the expectation to help others. She attributed Dick Gregory's book, "Nigg$r," as instrumental in her education. Her testimonial was riveting.
She describes herself as formerly racist
"When I was sixteen," the caller said. "I had an English teacher in high school that assigned us the book "Bigg$r" by Dick Gregory. I was really put off by the title. I was shocked. I couldn't believe I was reading that in black and white. ... It was one of the books I've read in my life that has had the biggest impact on who I was and who I am. It allowed me to see the world through a young black boy's eyes. And it was ugly. And I realize that my father was one of the perpetrators of what this young black boy was talking about. And at sixteen-years-old that is a huge lesson to learn."
These are the types of conversations that can change lives. They can change our society.
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