What is your first memory about race?

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    My first memory about race is a semantic one.

    I was in 2nd grade, sitting on my neighbor's stoop across the street. She was in first grade.

    No idea how the conversation started but I told her, "Everybody is prejudiced." Because everyone IS prejudiced about something. I knew that because my mother taught me that prejudice means to prejudge, and we all make judgments about one thing or another without knowing all the facts.

    And then the first grader said, "Nuh uh, I LIKE Sarah." . . Sarah was a girl who lived down the street from us. She was black. My first grade friend and I were white.

    I had to do some damage control and say that's not what I meant, I like Sarah too.

    And that's about all I remember.




    Apparently the first grader's mother wasn't as much into vocabulary and nuance as my mother was.
     
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    My mom worked for IBM and we had to make a temporary move for the company, from the Chicago burbs to Tampa, when I was in the third grade. A black neighbor girl down the street, who was a couple years older, told me that all the black and Mexican girls were gonna pick on a pretty little white girl like me, so she said she'd teach me how to fight. Her advice was to not start fights, but don't back down from one, and tough talk could save my ass. I was like WTF?? She was right though...I never got in a fight, but just had confidence and stood up for myself.
     
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    I lived in the old south as a young child, before integration. I remember my grandmother saying she never went shopping on Main street on Saturday because all those uppity blacks walked down the sidewalk acting like they had a right to be there. When people say not much progress has been made in race relations, that's a load crap.
     
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    I was at the zoo and asked my parents why they put some monkeys in cages and let others walk around ??I was told that the monkeys I was referring to were inmates on work release cleaning up the trash .
     
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    Getting in trouble because a black boy gave me a necklace. I was eight years old.
     
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    I understand your rep symbols now.
     
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    I was in 3 grade when forced integration started. I was bussed to one of the worst (IMO) areas of the city...the Haight Ashburry. My friend and i were purposefully seated in the back of the class by the teacher "so we would know what it felt like"
     
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    When I was young, a teacher threw a hissy fit because I referred to a black girl as a black girl. My response was something to the effect of 'She's black and a girl- she's a black girl. *points* He's a white boy, *points* she's a white woman...'

    I learned early on about race baiters and have loathed them ever since.
     
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    I was called a "****** lover" for holding hands with a black boy in high school. My father wouldn't let my Native American friend come home with me because" she is too dark, and the neighbors will complain."
     
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    We had race riots in my high school freshman year. I remember how scary it was being locked in our class rooms and we could hear screams and chains. Our parent's had to come and pick us up and we were escorted by police officers out of the school.

    There were riot police outside the high school all four years I attended.
    We were not allowed to have bathroom doors on the toliets, because kids would get jumped.

    Very tough time.
     

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