What If…?

These are questions we should all ask ourselves. Now. Not tomorrow. Now!

that little voice

What if I were black?

What if I were Margo Johnson, with the same personality, same intellect, same gifts, same abilities, but instead of being white I were black?

What if?

Would I have been treated differently than I have been treated as a white person?

Would I have been elected vice president of my high school class? Would I have been admitted to an all-girls school in southern Mississippi?

Would I have lived in the same neighborhood where the white Margo grew up?

Would I have had the same advantages I had as a white child?

If not, why not?

If I were black or brown, would I be angry?

Would I be protesting? Would I be sad? Would I be tired?

Would I be worried my child might be hurt, killed, stopped and questioned?

What if…?

I can tell you, I would be angry. In fact I would…

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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4 Responses to What If…?

  1. Excellent post. Thank you!

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  2. Will do. I’m really interested in the topic as it happens, so it’ll be a pleasure. Thanks for pointing Margo’s post out to me too!

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  3. Kathy says:

    Yes, indeed. Empathy. To put ourselves in the shoes of “what if” and really imagine what it might be like.

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  4. Lisa says:

    I can sympathize with those who have experienced discrimination, but I can’t empathize because it’s never happened to me to this extent. Have I been discriminated against in the workplace because of my gender. Yes. Have I been insulted and (mildly) assaulted because of my race. Yes. I’ve also seen those who are disadvantaged rise out of their circumstances and make better lives for themselves and their families. I’ve known those people and admire them for their tenacity and perseverance. The world is not fair, and never will be. What we can do is be the best human being we can and be gracious towards others, embracing and helping were we can.

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