Mary Catherine Curley

Don’t shy away

Don’t shy away

Try to listen and learn from people who have experienced the effects of racism — even if those conversations are uncomfortable

Much of my education around racial injustice in the United States took place once I moved out of Vermont to a more racially diverse community - but it actually began here.

It began with a mother who gave me books that told many American stories, not just one - a mother who didn't shy away from tough conversations about our country. She described what she had witnessed as a young woman, when Birmingham police turned fire hoses on young protesters, and how that had shaped her deep commitment to racial equality.

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