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February 25, 2014 at 7:04 AM

As a mother of a white son, I don’t have much to worry about

I’m writing in support of Sherri Day’s column “Bringing up black boys with fear” [Opinion, Feb. 21].

I am the mother of a white son. I never have to worry about my son being racially profiled by police and being ticketed or arrested for a trivial issue like “tire noise” (true story from a black friend) or a burned-out headlight.

My white son can walk through white neighborhoods, and people won’t call police to have him searched on suspicion of being a drug dealer (another true story from a black friend). I can sleep at night knowing he has freedom of movement and expression.

What my son takes for granted is denied black men and other people of color because of racial stereotyping. I have friends that are the mothers of black young men and they are deeply afraid for their sons.

We should all be asking ourselves how we can be part of ending this racist prejudice.

Joanne Wright, Seattle

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