Thank you for putting your words here, Daniel!
When I was writing this I didn’t want thanks for doing this. I was disturbed by my ignorance and I thought that maybe someone could benefit from my experience. If I could hear great comments like yours or read a note from another white male who saw something of themselves in my words and thought perhaps they could change as well, it would be worth it.
My biggest fear and one I had to conquer before I hit publish was that people would think less if me. Another of my failings is being a people pleaser and as hard as I try to not care, I still worry about it.
This was an exercise in leaving my comfort zone and writing about something that is bigger than my own problems. I would like to write more on this subject with the hopes that I could reach a few people and my writing would be more than just a collection of my personal ramblings.