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“What you don’t know would make a great book.”

15 Jun 2015, 01:31 UTC
“What you don’t know would make a great book.”
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Over the past few weeks, several stories have hit the news that the average, mainstream/majority person has often struggled to fully understand and to discuss with sensitivity. Topics range from the mishandled coverage of Caitlyn Jenner’s eloquent coming out in Vogue, to bungled discussions of Rachel Dolezal’s behavior that horrifically convolve (among other things) acts of racism, white privilege, and injection of a not officially defined trans-racial mental illness. Over and over in the social media discussions on these topics I’ve seen a consistent plea, “Go find someone in these communities and talk to them.” Yes, do this. But also, remember (especially relevant for introverts) the words of 18th century humorist Sydney Smith, “What you don’t know would make a great book.” In fact, it wouldn’t just make a great book, it might actually already be a great book.
Let me state this clearly, you should know people who aren’t like you and listen to them to learn of other sub/cultures. Beyond that, read.
[N.B. In this post, I’m only including quotes from and recommendations for books that I have personally read. I am one person – and I’m an astronomer – so there may be better books or quotes ...

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