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Re: Inquiry on the Color Line
In Response To: Re: Inquiry on the Color Line ()


I apologize for taking this long to reply to your wonderfully-explained response. Your eloquence made sense of something that, even today, is an ongoing issue. Barak Obama has just in the last few days put spoken word to this very real issue amongst us. I believe it'll be the thinking, conscientious, & caringly-open folks who'll draw us together more & more.

I understand your thoughts on "identifying." I don't have a problem w/my personal identification. To look at me, it'd be ridiculous to try & publicly call myself anything but white, especially in a world so visually preoccupied. Yet I periodically do public talks w/grade school children, children who opt in to my lunch-time chats because they want to be there, not because they were required to be there. Each time, I find some kids a bit conflicted by their mixed backgrounds, conflicted by a societal need forcing them to "be" one or the other. These beautiful children, still unsullied by most of the world around them, showed the purity of innocence by talking of who they are: black, white, & whatever else made up their backgrounds. Most didn't want to "be" just any one thing, & that's what drives most of my curiosity. Children, youngsters, formulating who they will become as adults, & genuinely wanting to be "be" all they can be.

I appreciate the open, kind-hearted flow of information, of feelings. It's only in communication that any of us can hope to understand each other.

Blessings -- Linda Alexander

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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