When things are no longer the focus of discussion, it is easy to believe they are no longer a problem.
I was listening to a podcast today in which the host and guest began discussing racism. One person made a very astute comment. ”White people seem to feel they should not talk about racism, that it is a sensitive subject they feel ill-equipped to address and one they are not even sure they should be discussing. However, white people are the very people who need to talk about it.” The ultimate point was that, by not talking — by avoiding the subject — white people begin to believe the issue is being resolved. Out of sight; out of mind.