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When you believe niceness disproves the presence of racism, it's easy to start believing bigotry is rare, and that the label racist should be applied only to mean-spirited, intentional acts of discrimination. The problem ,.vith this framework besides being a gross misunderstanding of how racism operates in systems and structures enabled by nice people- is that it obligates me to be nice in return, rather than truthful. I am expected to come closer to the racists. Be nicer to them. Coddle them. - Austin Channing Brown

A Good Word: Austin Channing Brown on How Niceness Does Not Disprove the Presence of Racism

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