I have a few thoughts on this. First, I am a white female, the child of immigrants to America, (Italian, in the 50’s) so my family hasn’t been in the country that long. I grew up in a rural, mostly white area, where there were few POC. I now live in NYC, which is very very diverse compared to most of the country.
Growing up in the rural area, I didn’t know of most of the troubles experience by POC, because a) the area was mostly white and b) the POC (i hate that term btw, i just want to say “people”) did just as well as any of us (and were wealthier than my family specifically). When I moved to NYC, I made several close friends. Some are immigrants and some are native NYers. Some are POC and some are white. One of my very close friends, who got me the job I have now, is black/hispanic. Yet he is the one who constantly brings up race in anything we discuss (whether it be a joke or a serious issue). I know that he has experienced disadvantages so he has a good viewpoint that i am interested in hearing; however whenever he makes racist jokes or brings up racial differences (in a joking manner, saying “your people” or “people of your skin color” etc ) isn’t that just perpetuating it? Yes, we can be aware, but if we constantly bring up our differences then I see no hope of ever melding into one unified people.