Your Slip is Showing


I GREW UP with my grandparents and two of their daughters. With three adult women in my immediate family, I sometimes heard one of them tell the other one, “Your slip is showing.”   And always there was an adjustment to be made.

Recently, that phrase popped into my thinking again. This time it was as I watched the results of the unrest in a city where a young black male had been shot. It seemed that our “slips” were showing in spite of perceived improvement in race relations in our nation in recent years. When “slips are showing,” it is obvious that adjustments need to be made. It is a time to see where my prejudices lie, and, if I can identify them, try to make adjustments that will make a difference in how I relate to people who may be different, or think differently, from me.


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