White Man Feels 56 Years of Guilt and Apologizes to Black Former Teammate for Racism
Imagine opening your mailbox and getting a letter from someone you barely remember from 56 years ago, apologizing for something you’ve had to endure your whole life: racism. Eugene Britton Carter, 72 received a letter from a former high school basketball teammate, Tom Owens apologizing to him about that time when the team had to leave Carter and the other two black players on the team behind.
“I was kind of shocked when I read it because I hadn’t seen or heard from tom since 1961 and then wrote me a letter apologizing to me for something I almost forgot about,” Carter said. That’s because racism is so embedded in our culture that it’s just a part of the black experience. Carter, like any other 72-year-old black man, has lived through some of this country’s worst conditions of racism. So not getting to go to a basketball game was probably shrugged off as if he was turned down for a date.