My First Encounter with Racism Didn’t Come from a White Person

It came from my own people.

Photo by Koshu Kunii on Unsplash

The funny thing is, that was the first time in my life that I encountered racism. Not towards me, but towards two Black men. Not from White folks, but from two fellow Brown people who were close to me — men I thought I knew well.

Turns out, systemic racism existed in my home country too, only I wasn’t aware of it. In fact, I’d argue that systemic racism exists in all parts of the world touched by colonizers.

But true freedom from injustice cannot happen unless we address the prevalent racism problem we have in our own communities.

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