Adrienne’s Story

When she was about eight or nine years old, she learned about slavery for the first time. She was immediately enraged and sad that something so insidious like that happened, but more notably she began to realize that race mattered. After school, she went home and told her parents what she had learned and how upset she was. “I told them I hated white people.” They immediately explained that she shouldn’t feel that way because it was unfair to blame all white people for something terrible that happened a long time ago. They also explained what discrimination meant, and how anyone of any race or color can be discriminated against. From that point on, Adrienne said that instead of focusing on anger and resentment, she just wanted to “be an asset to society” and felt a pressure to excel out of respect for what her ancestors went through.

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