Black Lives Matter

It is impossible to feel someone else’s pain unless we went through the same experience. We can empathize but we can never feel the same pain.

One day years ago, I was hanging out with a good friend of mine. He’s black. We were in the middle of a conversation, and out of nowhere, he said to me that I was lucky because I wasn’t black. He said this in reference to the fact that I was dating a white woman at the time.

Back in those days, I was almost oblivious to racism as I’ve always lived my life in a bubble of “all nations” where color does not exist. At least in my mind, it didn’t.

I have to admit that I was baffled by what he said, yet I kept quiet and didn’t ask him what he meant.

Today, what my friend said to me back then has now become very clear.

The pain is real. And I learned my lesson.