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Most of my life I have lived in small towns in the United States where discrimination was something that only existed in the movies and in the big cities where hate crimes were committed every day For the first 15 years of my life I had never really experienced discrimination nor had I seen it first hand My parents kept me safe from the worlds abuse but they could only protect me for so long When I turned 18 I had the opportunity to live in South Africa for a few years doing humanitarian service for the people there It wasnt until then that I had my first real experience with discrimination It was when I became the minority in a country where the war against racism was so bad that the government not only did not try to control it but they promoted it in every thing they said that I realized just how real and alive racism still is today Shortly after arriving in South Africa I was introduced to the countries hospitality Day after day I was followed by a dozen or more children throwing rocks at me and calling me crude names It was hard to get used to the fact that I was now in a city where 99 percent of the population were not only African but they also believed that any White person was intruding in their country and they made it quite know to me that I was not welcome there The children throwing rocks was just the beginning After the first incident not a day went by that I was not called Lukuah or Mollungew which is the worst possible insults in their culture that could be said However the Natives did not stop with name calling There were several days when the words were accompanied with fists Being white gave one an instant status of wealth and power which meant that you were
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