I used to be a racist. I grew up with a Middle Eastern mom and an American dad. They divorced at an early age, but I still see them both frequently, and I have excellent relationships with both. Therefore, I was influenced by both.
My dad owns a small business and is more conservative, and my mother works as a CEO far up in a company. Both, you could say, are fiscal conservatives, but they both differ in regard to their views on social policies. My mom is a devout feminist, having experience numerous hardships throughout her life (born in a country where women were not viewed as humans that deserve respect). She is socially liberal. My dad is socially liberal is many ways as well in regard to gay marriage, abortion, and the likes. He does not have a religion.
He does, however, have certain views on blacks. He thinks that blacks are innately inferior and that their high crime rates are explicitly due to their race. I believed it. I was a racist. I continually spouted "did you know that 50% of our prisons are made up of black people, when they only make up 14% of our country?" and, "look at these statistics as to why the worst cities in America have huge black populations."
I even found myself turning against gays. I found myself saying "why should gays be afforded the privilege of marriage?"
I discovered this subreddit, and it has been the most amazing experience of my life. I now look deeper into things like the position of blacks in America. Perhaps poverty breeds crime, and many blacks are impoverished. Perhaps blacks are impoverished because of the mid-20th century policies that forced them into slums.
I have always been a feminist because of my mother's upbringing and experiences, and it makes me sick when I see a picture of a Thanksgiving table that happens to have a girl in it, and every comment is about having sex with that girl. I come here to cleanse myself of that misogyny.
And lastly, I have realized that we, as a society, have a long way to go.
Again, I am sorry for the meta post. Thank you all for what you've done.