[Ed. – Frankly, the wonder to me is that Mr. Howard has found so many people who do make way for him on the sidewalk. In my experience there, if you wait for people to make way — unless you’re, say, delivering furniture on a dolly or something — you’ll spend all your time either stepping into the street or staggering into doorways.]
In a Wednesday essay titled “Was That Racist,” reporter Greg Howard singled out white women for forcing him “off the sidewalk completely” when walking toward him, not allowing a straight path.
“In seven years of living and walking here, I’ve found that most people walk courteously — but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not,” Howard writes. …
“When white women are in my path, they almost always continue straight, forcing me to one side without changing their course. This happens several times a day; and a couple of times a week, white women force me off the sidewalk completely. In these instances, when I’m standing in the street or in the dirt as a white woman strides past, broad-shouldered and blissful, I turn furious,” Howard said.