1. I still remember a conversation with my father in which he told me he had racist feelings against [Black people]. I said that was impossible because he was for civil rights. He explained the kinds of feelings he had and why they were wrong. He also explained that as a teacher and then later a guidance counselor he worked with [B]lack children and he had to make sure his racist feelings didn’t harm them. From my father I learned that having these feelings didn’t justify them; that “good” people had bad feelings and that didn’t make the feelings any less bad; that dealing with racism was a process, something a person tangled with actively. The feelings were wrong and a “good” person took responsibility for facing them down. I was also taught that just because you feel something doesn’t make it true.

    Israel: Whose Country Is It Anyway? (Copyright © 1990 by Andrea Dworkin. All rights reserved.)

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