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White frightsI dont know what it is but every time I see a white guy walking towards me I tense up My heart starts racing and I immediately begin to look for an escape route and a means to defend myself I kick myself for even being in this part of town after dark Didnt I notice the suspicious gangs of white people lurking on every street corner drinking Starbucks and wearing their gang colours of Gap turquoise or J Crew mauve What an idiot Now the white person is coming closer closer - and then - whew He walks by without harming me and I breathe a sigh of relief White people scare the crap out of me This may be hard for you to understand - considering that I am white - but then again my colour gives me a certain insight For instance I find myself pretty scary a lot of the time so I know what Im talking about You can take my word for it if you find yourself suddenly surrounded by white people you better watch out Anything can happen As white people weve been lulled into thinking its safe to be around other white people Weve been taught since birth that its the people of that other colour we need to fear Theyre the ones wholl slit your throat Yet as I look back on my life a strange but unmistakable pattern seems to emerge Every person who has ever harmed me in my lifetime - the boss who fired me the teacher who flunked me the principal who punished me the kid who hit me in the eye with a rock the executive who didnt renew TV Nation the guy who was stalking me for three years the accountant who double-paid my taxes the drunk who smashed into me the burglar who stole my stereo the contractor who overcharged me the girlfriend who left me the next
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