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Am I a racist?

jonas | May 19, 2001 02:24 AM

I hate that subject line, but I had to come up with something. I know that I am not a racist. But I want some feedback on something.

Keep hearing about Phillips barbecue. Wanted very much to check it out. Despite living in Los Angeles for some years, I had never been down to the Crenshaw District before.

Well, the other day, me, Mr. 29 year-old white boy in his brand new BMW decides to head down there for some BBQ.

So here: I have never before been in a situation where everyone, on every street corner; walking into and out of every single store, shop and food place; driving next to me, in front of me, and towards me, is black.

Is the fact that I was unnerved by this proof that I am somehow a racist? Or is this what we call a bad neighborhood, simply because the people have a different skin color?

I truly feel bad that I am somehow conflicted by this. But some people may argue that, because I was driving into the heart of the 92 riots, I am perhaps a bit justified in my trepidation.

BTW, the way it ended: I didn't find the joint (apparently it is difficult to see from the street), and I bolted eastward on Vernon. Halfway happily, through more "bad" nabes.

Help me.

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