Who Are Your Friends?

· racism antiracism

A t the second session of the workshop on antiracist spirituality I attended yesterday, Regina Shards Stolzufus shared a piece of data that sadly rang true. People who identify as white have 91% friends who are white. And, 75% of those who identify as white had entirely white social networks. She went on to ask, "Is the US really a melting pot?"

I grew up in the 50s and 60s, where neighborhoods and schools were very segregated. But, looking around, neighborhoods today are not much different. And, even though social networks claim to expand our circles, the separation seems to remain intact.

So, how are we going to have needed conversations about racism when our circle of friends does not include people who can enlighten us?