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  •  Absolutely wonderful diary. (6+ / 0-)

    As I sit here watching the President deliver his inaugural address.

    I'm lucky that my family, when I was growing up, were not bigots. That's a good thing, because I was a teenager before I ever met a person of color in the flesh. But when I moved from an all white, rural area in New England to Houston, Texas when I was entering High School, my family's example of accepting all people for who they are served me well. The racial and ethnic diversity I saw in my small, specialized performing and visual arts high school was exciting rather than scary to me. I can thank my parents and grandparents and great grandmother for that. I wish there were more people like my family and like you, Grizzard, in the world.

    On an interesting note, I am gay and my brother (who is also a Kossack--in fact is responsible for bringing me to the Daily Kos) has the great misfortune not to be gay but the great fortune to be married to a wonderful woman who happens to be African American. I am proud to say that no one in my family has raised an eyebrow about the way my brother and I choose to live and whom we choose to love. Instead, we're embraced.

    Bigotry and hate are such poison. Life is far more interesting when you can embrace and delight in the diversity of peoples and things on our blue planet.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:13:20 AM PST

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