For example, one white friend was at a cookout and she sent me a picture that showed two Confederate flags — perfect examples of the “constant contemporary reminders (of) tendrils of subjugation and extreme inequities (that) continue to exist and operate in plain sight” that Ms. Pierleoni mentioned in her letter. At first, I decided not to say anything to my friend, but there was no way I could let that pass. After I explained to her what the Confederate flag means to African-Americans, she apologized. Perfect example of some “white folks not having a clue”!
In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, I was wondering if there was any way to explain to my white friends (if they asked and without losing my temper) just what African-Americans deal with every day in their lives, be they rich or poor, never finished high school or Ivy-League educated. After reading Ms. Pierleoni’s letter, I plan on printing out several copies to use as handouts when my white friends ask, “Why?” Again, thank you, Gina Pierleoni!