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Where do you stand?

I come from the artist class, meaning we prized education and freedom of expression above wealth or power. My family members were "outsiders" in the racist south where I grew up. My parents were from New England and didn't partake in the surrounding hatred, but they couldn't shelter their children from it. Children and adults regularly used derogatory terms for people of color. One girl from the Mid-east was dubbed a "dirty Jew." In my high school, some of the boys would go out on a Friday night to "roll queers" (beat up gay men) for entertainment. In Spartanburg, SC, my mother, who had two small children at the time and worked full-time, hired a black housekeeper. She infuriated the other w

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