white in a white world, but still an outsider

He's worked for decades, with his heart and with his mind, as an effective advocate for racial justice, but he admits that even today he often feels like an outsider.

"I live basically in a white world, day in and day out. I'm surrounded by white people. That's the reality, and very often I'm aware that I'm looking at them, to some extent, almost like I am black. I am waiting for them to express views that I find so appalling. What little purpose I have in life is to try and help white people understand the reality of racism and how it adversely affects all of us, how destructive it is to our society, our community, our ideals."

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Published on July 5, 2002 4:02 PM.

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