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Letter to the editor: Whites will never know what Blacks truly experience

Boot Gordon
Silverthorne

We “whities” don’t understand, can’t empathize.

I didn’t understand or conceive of the trauma hidden in the subconscious minds of Black folks until an experience at Jefferson Elementary School in Minneapolis in 1963.

I was substitute teaching in high schools in Minneapolis and suburbs in that year when I was called to substitute fourth grade at Jefferson.

Everything was going OK when a police officer entered the room to talk about safety. (Maybe to stop, look and listen before crossing a street? I can’t remember.)

But I do remember the reaction of every Black boy (maybe six) in that room. They immediately — as if on cue — started sucking their thumbs. These were fourth-graders, 10 or 11 years old. It made an impression on me. It made me think.


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