Baker C. Blanding, New York Times

A few weeks ago, we asked Race/Related readers to share their stories about the first time they encountered racism or a racist belief. We were overwhelmed by the responses, and would like to share some of them with you.

The story below comes to us from Baker C. Blanding, 31, a marketing manager who lives in Philadelphia. Mr. Blanding said he subscribed to Race/Related for “its coverage of topics relevant to me as a black man,” and for insight into the struggles of other marginalized groups.

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