Verna offers an interesting solution to an important problem, yet I question how feasible it is in our society for the vast majority of people who need this exposure to the “American black male” population. I am a Korean woman raising children in an international but highly Asian dominant (over 90%) community. If my suggestion to Verna was that Sikh males were being mistaken for terrorists and to combat this bias I needed to befriend more Sikh men, I believe her response would be, “Sure! I am happy to but... where can I find them?” If I wanted my children to make more black, white or non-Asian friends, we would need to be in a community where that opportunity even exists. So my concern is that is an impractical suggestion for the majority of the community who needs the exposure.
Sung Lee, thank you for your comment. I agree that despite the fact that Fair Housing Amendments Act was passed in 1988, our neighborhoods and schools are unfortunately still very segregated. Still, as the population continues to move to majority minority, people will cross paths eventually with those of other ethnicities. Our children will cross paths at University and at work. So when you ask where you can find them, I'd say they are extremely easy to find if it is a priority to prepare for what is coming. The idea is just to face, admit and challenge the biases we have through no fault of our own.