Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Inspiration About Race

I am filled with inspiration about race today.

Everyone I know is filled with inspiration about race today.

Everyone I don’t even know, all over the planet, i filled with inspiration about race today.


Today, what uplifts me is the inspiration I am finding in Steven Colbert’s interviews on race.

His very articulate guests express seriously, but without rancor, the solutions to the crisis that has been facing us for decades.

They are inspired and compassionate leaders.

Colbert stated that he had been at the March on Washington fifty years ago.  His mother was there and she was pregnant with him.

My own mother was a Yankee, and when she married and came to Texas, she raised me with a “Northern” viewpoint.  We drank from the water fountains labelled “colored” and used the ladies rooms labelled “colored”.  She was the only white female teacher on the faculty of Texas Southern University where she taught voice lessons in the Music Department.

My own teaching experience showed me that every child is precious.  I taught the purest minds on the planet, pre-schoolers ages 0-5.  I observed no racial attitudes in any of them.

I am grateful for the dialogue that is once again opening about race.

I see no alternative but for us to get it right this time.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

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