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    memory box.  When I read a story like this, it hits me right in the heart..
    From the beginning, your eyes bypassed skin color and went for the gold.   That says a lot about you.

    My father was anti-racial.  VERY.  Another's race, color or creed was part of that person and any negative, derogatory or hateful comment said more about the one speaking than the one the words were aimed at.  This is a special kind of stupid that's a tradition in some families. Each generation is hurting the next one.  To base coat their entire life in one color doesn't allow them to enjoy the rainbow.. sad.

    One of my sibling's friends made the HUGE mistake of spouting off about a black basketball player on TV, he had better be a good athlete since THOSE people weren't very intelligent.
    My father didn't say anything at first. He had THE LOOK.  
    All of us knew THE LOOK and knew it was a sign of things to come and they weren't going to be pleasant..

    This kid was standing on the track and never saw the train coming. He was enjoying his little racist self.
    My father was unique in the way he taught us life lessons..
    He looked at the kid and said, "Wow, you ARE smart. You can tell how smart someone is just by looking at them."  
    The kicker-dad knew all about this athlete.  If there was anything higher than his game score, it was his grades. He told this kid since HE was so smart, he must be an awesome athlete as well and just what sport DID he play?  BAH-ZING!  His eyes popped and his jaw dropped. The last thing he heard was my fathers STRONG warning.  If he came over again, , leave the attitude at home. No one disrespected others in his home.

    Did this kid learn and understand at least a little from this?  I can't say..  I like to think at the very least, a seed had been planted.
    And I hope he has a house full of color!

    I do benefits for all religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. Bob Hope

    by bluebuckeyewmn on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:51:43 AM PST

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