Heartbreak and being white in America

Last weekend, two back-to-back mass shootings happened in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. I am overwhelmed with heartbreak by the increasing proliferation of these attacks, and the continuing violence enacted on communities of color at the hands of white people, and white men in particular.

What does it mean to be white in America? Where does this violence, particularly as targeted toward people of color, come from? As a white woman, I know I still have so much work to do about what it means to be white in America. I feel in my heart that we can move forward by engaging each other and listening well. We listen to understand the context of white supremacy, and what we can do about it, in the company of others struggling to understand racism, so that we can take effective and informed action.

I look forward to continuing our book discussion series centered on racial justice this fall, co-sponsored by the Shelburne Social Services Committee and Pierson Library.

Patricia Fontaine

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