Leah, thank you for taking time out to not only read and recommend the post, but also to give a thoughtful response. I’m sorry to read about your mom’s childhood home environment. Bertha sounds like a very caring person and because of her willingness to invest her time and efforts she was able to stem the tide of racism. Because of her, both you and your mother have an outlook that goes against the grain of the south.
I’m fifty-five years old, so I can imagine the era you and your mom grew up in. I, too, was raised in the south. And as a black man, I can pretty much spot racism at 50 paces in pea-soup-thick fog.
And you’re right. There needs to be plenty of discussion about racism; but that discussion will only happen those who are open to discussion. There will always be “haters.” People who have no interest in dialogue or change. Those people need to be left to their own myopic devices. Hopefully, they’ll come to realize that hate/racism solves nothing. The world is changing. Their numbers are decreasing.
But in the meantime . . . those of us who understand need to follow up our discussion with action. And it sounds like you’re well in the process of taking action. BRAVO! I’d welcome the opportunity to be a part of your group.
There’s no need to apologize for the length of your response. I thoroughly enjoy reading it. This is why I write — to connect with readers and learn about their perspective on a given topic. “Recommends” are wonderful, but they don’t convey the connection readers have with a piece. So THANK YOU for taking the time to commit your thoughts to Medium’s digital page!
Returning the love and respect,