I was doing the reading for tomorrow’s night class (I can’t find the author’s name) and thought this was intriguing. The author talks about how he no longer plays Monopoly.
Sad existence? Maybe… but his point is that he realized that he was being a different person when he played Monopoly. He took pleasure in charging rent to his young children to the point where they were out of the game. He doesn’t have these tendencies normally, and is actually really opposed to these mentalities.
So he realized that he was working within the System of Monopoly. The people playing Monopoly aren’t bad, but they are playing according to the rules of a bad game.
It’s the same with racism (and sexism, etc.)- People may not be racist, but we are working within a racist system. How can we end racism when it is so part of our system?