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GUEST COLUMN: Growing up, mentors provided a shield against racism

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Posted: Saturday, February 5, 2011 1:58 pm

At an early age, I was shocked to learn just how prejudiced people are toward American blacks simply because of the color of our skin. As a child, I had a deep concern how I was perceived as a black American. I always wondered who I was and how I measured up to others. There used to be a lot of eye rolling, under-the-breath insults and general nastiness that I noticed was directed at me as a child. I was told point-blank, "You're not like us," and, "You're all animals." It was an eye opener as a child. It still irks me even today: Why would anyone ever want to determine how they interact with someone because of their race or the color of their skin? I think we all know that American blacks generally are a diligent, valuable, hardworking and well-educated group of people.

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