The Woman Who Showed Me How To End Racism

Putting down the invisible knapsack.

Steve QJ
5 min readJan 31, 2024

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Photo by Godisable Jacob

Last month, as I was boarding a flight to Vienna, a woman showed me a world beyond racism.

She was at the boarding gate with her daughter, trying to cram her oversized bag into one of those undersized metal cages airlines use to justify their “carry-on” fees. And since my bag was also slightly too big, I…

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Steve QJ

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