Your article is instructive, in that it demonstrates, perhaps somewhat indirectly, that we can approach racism with empathy. People who are racist lack empathy for the target of their hate.

Empathy is a skill, just like anything else we learn from our parents . Racist people were taught racism, a lack of empathy for certain others, by their parents, caregivers, role models, mentors, etc, how not to have empathy.

By responding with empathy, Derrick’s girlfriend taught him a skill, how to have empathy for the people who were targets of his racism. Once Derrick became aware of the suffering he was causing, he had to develop empathy for himself. And along the way, he developed empathy, more empathy for others.

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