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Fri Jun 19, 2020, 08:29 AM Jun 2020

White man with black kids - George Floyd was my wakeup

This is an excellent essay by a man married to a woman from Angola. They have two children and live in MN. He details how his white upbringing left him in denial about systemic racism and racial profiling.



Editor’s Note: Arick Wierson regularly writes for CNN and is a six-time Emmy Award-winning television producer, and former senior media adviser to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He currently advises political and corporate clients in the United States, Africa and Latin America. He and his family live in Excelsior, Minnesota, an area a few miles west of Minneapolis. You can follow him on Twitter @ArickWierson. View more opinion at CNN.

(CNN)My wife, Gilda, is Black.

We met years ago when I was working in Angola, her native country in southern Africa. Together, we have two mixed-race children, Haakon and Gabriella, ages 6 and 3.

On the evening of May 25, Gilda and I were finishing up a Memorial Day dinner with some friends; we had enjoyed a sunny afternoon boating near Excelsior, a quaint little touristy town on Lake Minnetonka, an affluent area just west of Minneapolis where we live. As we were wrapping up our dinner, we were completely unaware that just a few miles away, a Minneapolis police officer was digging his knee into the neck of an unarmed Black man named George Floyd, ultimately killing him in broad daylight.

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