I’m sorry, but you’re equivocating ‘fighting institutional racism’ with ‘devoting most or all of my energy to fighting institutional racism.’ There are a thousand ways you can fight institutional racism without it being your main priority. Or even one of your top ten.

You can start by examining your own attitudes toward racism. Do you see it as a problem? If not, you can read a few articles by victims of racism and try to understand why the feel victimized. You can visit an ethnic restaurant in a section of town you wouldn’t frequent, or better yet attend a church or mosque and listen when members speak. When you see an overtly (or subtle) act of racism you can point out why it’s racist.

If, however, addressing racism isn’t a priority because you don’t care, or see the point, you can claim you’re not racist all you want. You’re complicit in protecting the status quo.

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