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At the age of seven years old I met my first best friend This was before I even knew the meaning of the word racism He was about the same age as me and he lived next door to my house My mother was the first person to tell me about him She told me that the people moving into the house next to ours had a child around my age I couldnt wait to meet him At that age I never anticipated how this new friend would change my life Growing up outside a large city was great My family lived in a three story Victorian-style home over looking the city in the distance My next door neighbor was an elderly woman around the age of eighty After the death of her husband the elderly woman decided to sell her eight-bedroom home and move to Florida to live out the rest of her limited life A young couple moved in to the newly vacant home within a week The couple had four children one of which was my age My mother encouraged me to introduce the boy my age to the other children in the neighborhood I accepted her encouragement and promptly walked to my new neighbors large front door After knocking on the door I was greeted by a young black boy He we told each other our names and then agreed to play two-hand touch football As the game went on I noticed other neighborhood children coming towards us As they approached I asked them if they would like to join our game of football After a period of uncomfortable silence they declined and walked away At the time it shocked me that the kids didnt want to meet the newest member of our neighborhood It never occurred to me that it was due to the new kids skin color Now it reminds me of how Greg Williams must have felt as
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