Melinda Lee

Jun 7, 2020

5 min read

“I’m not a racist, but…” — an honest account of my ignorance

Photo credit: Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I am ashamed to admit this but I used to minimize Black strife in America. I am immigrant from Malaysia and for years as an Asian immigrant, I believed that it was easier to be Black than an immigrant. I thought my struggle to obtain a driver’s license or to find a job was comparable, if not worse, than the racisms faced by Black Americans. These assumptions weren’t challenged until I…