I am white (born in 1940) and I grew up a racist in North Carolina. My high school basketball coach tried to scare us with stories of how we white girls would be replaced by someone of a different color who played better than we did. What! Such a concept. We never integrated. I taught in Alachua, Florida in 1968 where Black students were together in schools and White students together in other schools. If you remember, The Supreme Court decision that separate was not equal had been made in 1954. 14 years later, we were forced to close all schools in Santa Fe county and integrate. If people had not pushed ahead and fought for equal rights, we would still be separated by color in my beloved state. Women would not vote today if we had waited for men to 'give' us the right. Hatred today for things done in the past makes it easier to hate differences today. Why not concentrate our efforts at change and help the 99 percent earn a decent wage? Let's pardon ourselves, all of us, for our past.
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