I used to think that if I befriended all backgrounds, avoided using clichés about people, and treated everyone the same, I would be considered an open-minded, non-biased, pro-people kind of person. I grew up in a hyper-race-conscious household (take that as you'd like), and my way of rebelling (of sorts) was to become a tad more liberal and question why many white people take it SO hard when their personal biases are highlighted and questioned.
I don't want to feel uncomfortable talking about race. I don't want my hair to bristle when I heard the term "white privilege." And I definitely don't want to be ignorant about how I can do my part to be culturally sensitive and inspire open-mindedness in others. If not just for me and the friends I will make in the future, for my son - a beautiful, social little person with a Latino father and a white mother.