The “Write” Stuff: Assignment 3


Facing down the “Beast”

Speechless.

That’s how many of us react when – once again – the rabid specter of overt racism raises its ugly head. Thank goodness it’s no longer a regular occurrence in most of our lives. That’s why its barbs and arrows may seem even more potent and painful now than in the past.

Whether we mumble some spontaneous reaction or totally lose our cool, it’s usually not until later that “the perfect response” reveals itself to us.

Choose a situation from your (recent) past in which you were faced with overt racism and which – in all  honesty – still frustrates and irritates you today. Now spend 20 to 30 minutes writing about that incident. This time, though, change the scenario and give yourself the opportunity to say what you wish you had  said!

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