What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other

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A couple of weeks ago a colleague and I were walking along the crowded waterfront in San Francisco, and coming toward us was a trio of young African-American men who were joking and playing. When we passed I greeted them, and just as the last of them walked by I heard him say, “Thanks for seeing us.”

It took a minute for that to register. My companion said, “Did you hear what I heard?” and it took me a moment before I could respond with, “Yes.” My heart was breaking.

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Original article posted in Rockwood Leadership Institute June 12 Newsletter and YES! Magazine, August 1, 2012 and written by Akaya Windwood.

 

 

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