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    The 9 Painful Stages Of Realizing You Live In A "White Person Bubble"

    I understand that I don't understand.

    Stage one: Unconscious enjoyment.

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    "I love everybody, and everybody loves everybody! To be honest, I don’t really think about race that much, since it doesn’t really affect me."

    Stage one can last anywhere from a few years to a lifetime.

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    "I'm not personally racist, and neither are my friends. We're good people and we know racism is bad."

    Stage two: Someone or something you see in the media tries to point out that you may be in a "white person bubble."

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    Stage three: Knee-jerk reactive anger.

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    "I UNDERSTAND struggle. I've had enormous hardships too!"

    Stage four: Denial.

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    "I voted for Obama, and I have a crush on Idris Elba? And...and...I'm human too?"

    Stage five: Discovery.

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    Being challenged that you're not seeing things clearly through your white person bubble leads you to read and listen more to race-related news.

    Stage six: Realization.

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    The horrifying realization that, no matter how you cut it, you are in fact in a white person bubble.

    Stage seven: Completely freaking out and trying to pop the bubble.

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    "If I quote Martin Luther King Jr., will it help?!"

    Stage eight: Realizing that you, as one person in one moment of time, can't pop the bubble — yours or anyone else's.

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    Stage nine: Full-on, devastating acceptance that you are in a white person bubble.

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    Continuing to look at how this affects your life and others may be the first step to seeing through our bubbles a little clearer.

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