By Jake Winkler
What’s the atheist doing in the church basement? There’s no wedding. It’s Wednesday morning.
Maybe it’s better to ask what a white kid from rural Wisconsin is doing talking race with a black
pastor. Better yet: why aren’t more white people talking race with more white people? Reverend
Gee thinks a big part of it is education due to the positive response to his Justified Anger history
class. Maybe my story and some education will help that talk.
I was raised colorblind, just barely young enough to be a millenial, not old enough to remember
the Crack Scare of the ‘80s, old enough to have heard Clinton called the first black president
and not really knowing what that meant. The people of color I knew went to my Lutheran high
school or my university or were co-workers at a software company or played rugby with me.
They carried some recognizable class markers like similar affluence and education. In other
words, they came into my world. I didn’t go to theirs.