…ution. I am free to choose where I help, I am not responsible for solving all the world’s problems. If I don’t fight institutional racism it does not mean I am a racist it might mean that I am just fighting other battles, or I don’t have the spare time and effort to help fight racism because I have a full-time job and have to be a care-giver to a sick spouse. It could be like when I was growing up, I could not include any black people in my circle of frie…
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.