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Tearing at the Fabric of Racism
by Karuna Poole
Sreejit began his poem, A Couple of Brats, with the line “A political statement until they had us,” referring to the births of his sister and himself, kids with a white mother and a black father. While I knew that line was true, at least to some degree, his poem still gave me plenty to reflect on. Recently, I have been thinking of the events that occurred throughout my life that led me to make that particular “political statement.”
The earliest memory I have of experiencing racism was when I visited Florida during my early grade school years. I grew up moving place to place in an Army family, but my mother’s home was in West Palm Beach, Florida. When we visited there one year, probably about 1955, we had occasion to get on a city bus. As a kid, it…
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