What do we (white folks) say in moments like this?
I don’t know.
It’s embarrassing and infuriating. Let’s not excuse hate crimes for mental illness. Let’s not mistake changing our profile pictures or using hashtags as solidarity. Let’s not pretend we can understand this.
One thing I know is true. We have to start with ourselves, our children and our community. We have to talk to each other about race in this country. We have to manage the feelings of guilt and embarrassment. We can’t be ignorant any longer.