The Burden Of Being Prepared: Understanding the Inner Workings of Prejudice
Have you ever planned an event and only a couple of guests showed up? At least thirty of the forty invites RSVP’d. Logically, you planned for twenty, but only FIVE made it to your house. Buying the decorations and food, dry cleaning the right outfit, and the stress of making sure the house was clean are enough to send anyone over the edge, but you managed to get it done flawlessly. Ferguson reawakened America to an event that some have prepared for their entire lives—and the weight of preparation is carried by more than those who are ready.
Race relations in America have always occupied a unique space in history. Few other nations have championed its commitment to freedom from inception with such ferocity while building its foundations on the labor of men and women stripped of that same gift. The paradox often spurs attempts at shrinking the distance between what we believe and practice by acknowledging racial disparities or doubting their existence. Both act as powerful tools for making sense of prejudice—an event that leaves most feeling uneasy at best, but more often than not, uncertain about the future and unsafe in the present.