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SubjectPersonal Experience Paper Sun August 6 2000115712 AM MDT FromDebi Slaughter view profile Being from an upper middle class white family I never thought that discrimination would become a part of my life That was before I realized that my so-called upbringing was not what it had seemed I was born and raised in Albion MI Little Detroit as its been called by some In school I hung out with all races of people The color of ones skin was never an issue with me I only saw people for who they were not what was on the outside My family had raised me to believe that all people had the potential of being good or bad not to judge by the color of their skin When I was 19 I had moved out and begun a hard life of being a single parent My sons father and I had just gotten a divorce and life was becoming harder by the minute A good friend of mine was helping me cope and he was a major point of me being able to work finish school and still have time for my child He was black Our friendship developed into a relationship right before my 20th birthday And that was when things began to change When my mother found out that I was involved with a black man she became distraught She begged me not to let people in our town know He had been a good friend with my father also for they had raced cars together My mom was adamant about my father not finding out I laughed at this shoot my dad and him were friends why would there be a problem Low and behold my dad had a fit He barred me from my house family functions forbid my sister to see me and pretty much considered me dead My confusion was acted out in rage I begged him to explain to
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