I don't consider myself racist. I mean I'm white so I've probably unknowingly committed microaggressions I was really into touching kids hair in elementary school, I did it to kids with straight hair curly hair, whatever I thought seemed cool and had an interesting texture, but I suppose it had a different constation for the black kids, I feel really bad about now. I've been a bystander to racism. Which counts as racism. I was about 9 at the time, a bunch of kinds were chanting, "Leo eats dogs" (leos not his real name), but he was a mixed asain/latino kid. I knew it was racist. I tried to change the chant to, "*my name* eats cats" cause I didn't want to tell them it was racist, but I was uncomfortable and so was the kid. I think about that day a lot. I could have done a lot more to help. And this meant I had probably been a bystander to racism before. Now, I was kid, but so was he. I've apologized, but I didn't need him to forgive, he really shouldn't have. I was 9 and knew it was wrong and have felt bad about it ever since. High schoolers should know not to be racist. Middle schoolers should know not to be racist. They weren't too young they were ignorant.