I was talking to a high school teacher friend of mine who told me she asks her students this when she teaches the biography of a black woman who lived from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.
The white kids always say "I don't know... a gun?"
But the black kids just stay quiet.
She has to ask them individually, but then they'll answer.
"It's the car doors locking."
I was still thinking that I really was only seeing race this semester because it didn't matter to me before. But maybe it didn't matter because I wasn't getting the short end of the stick. It still amazes me how hard it is to break away from my own vantage point. Can it even be done?