yesterday I was watching a group of guys playing with their mobile phones. I was just eating my lunch, kind of exhausted and zoned out. As I watched, I saw them as black middle-aged men and I became self-conscious. Somehow, just watching became raced for me. They were black and I was white and watching. I became self-conscious in a way that I never would have had they been white or asian or from any other background but african.

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