Dr. Plummer, I ran into this very thing recently when I started my move to Eugene. I saw an article about BLM by a Black Phd female and wanted badly to reach out to her. I am struck by how this might look now, but here's the backdrop. I already have a bunch of friends, including Black PhDs, I've had interraciality as part of my entire life. Last week I spent four hours with a brilliant Black PhD friend whose friendship actually started and was secured during this last huge movement, and I posed this very question to her. I am in the market for great FRIENDS. I am already so accustomed to Black brilliance (please see my Medium article on this) because I spent a lot of time with Black PhDs every year at a huge conference. This is hardly a matter of trying to be an ally in something new. It's already part of my life and has been from birth, for which I am enormously grateful. Yet, as I leave my 50 year home in Denver and move to Eugene, where the Black population is very low, I am challenged to rebuild a circle of diverse friends (which I did in uber white Spokane). The times create awkwardness that might not otherwise be present. I've always been part of the conversation, and am not ISO absolution for being white. I like being around brilliant people, and I really love being around incredible Black women. Extraordinary Black women are normalized for me, not something to collect like a trophy to prove worthiness. yet moving to a city under our current circumstances creates intriguing challenges.

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