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As I child I honestly dont remember my parents addressing the issue of racism My parents always encouraged respect and the old saying treat others the way you would like to be treated this is how my brother three sisters and I were brought up I remember always having friends of color in fact my first best friend was a black girl name Crystal whom I met in second grade I dont remember ever really recognizing the difference between a black person and a white person I dont think I ever asked Mom why is that persons skin black My family and I have strong morals and values without a doubt we see people as people-at the end of the day its the inside that counts I grew up seeing everyone as equal individuals The fist time I remember hearing about race was in second or third grade In my reading class we were reading some sort of narrative about a black family and their experiences with discrimination A black boy went to his white neighbors house to play with his white friend after many times of playing together he knocked on the door and the parents said he could no longer play with their son because he is black The little boy went home and asked his parents why he could no longer play with his neighbor and friend because his skin color is black His parents knowing this day would come had to find a way to explain to him that its just the law I remember the feelings I felt after reading this in class although I dont remember what we said about the issue during class time I remember thinking to myself what an awful thing to hear those kind of words could leave scars on a child forever At such a young age Im sure I didnt think much about it as I do now but I
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