Opinion | ‘There’s a Black Man in the Children’s Area’ and Other Baseless Accusations – The New York Times

I’m white, but I’ll never forget the time my son and his black friend — they were both about 8 or 9 at the time — went to an art store in Noe Valley, San Francisco, to get some markers. They came home empty-handed and told the same story: A salesperson in the store followed my son’s friend around and then told him to get out. I brought them back to the store and sent them in first. Then I casually walked in, not acknowledging them, and pretended to shop. Immediately, the salesperson started following my son’s friend. You should have seen her face when I said they were with me. The horror of this racism is that it starts when children are so young. It’s insidious and thoroughly rooted in our society. The amount of hurt it causes is incalculable and it has to stop