2017 Day-By-Day

Day 227

Random fact about me: I grew up in a pretty diverse community and floated along in my bubble until I joined the Jewish community. I just became much more aware of the color of my skin and what that meant to some people and I felt incredibly naive and stupid for not recognizing the significance of this sooner. Don’t get me wrong, most of the community has been lovely to me and I don’t regret a thing. It’s just been a very eye-opening experience that unfortunately is now magnified by the racial tensions in the country right now. I’ve never felt like I was unwanted in this country until the current administration came into power and that makes me incredibly sad, somewhat more afraid and very, very angry.

One comment

  1. Anjelica,
    It’s odd how we wake to the prejudices in our lives, clearly there from birth for most of us. I, with small lapses of awareness, didn’t really get a direct and unyielding hit of bigotry until my sophomore year in high school. I transferred to a new school and one of my new “friends” looked at the pictures in my wallet (yeah, not phone) and asked me why all my friends were zipperheads?
    I ask you to try not feel na├»ve and stupid; four days in a room with you, I’ll vouch for your insight and intelligence. Those years, you weren’t in a bubble, you just weren’t pummeled by the maelstrom outside. Your compass was being set. You’re not alone in your anger, fear and sadness, but keep going. Many are finding their compasses.

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