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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

" We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn."
Mary Catherine Bateson

This is why Blacklivesmatter to me
I grew up in a strict Italian family. When you visited my grandpa he always said
make me proud when we left and he meant it. You couldn't swear in his house
or chew gum it was all about respect to him and for you. We were raised to be
respectful and do great things.

About thirty years ago my sister got pregnant by a man of color who chose not
to raise the baby ,My grandpa was livid he banned her from his house and our
family. My grandma cried and was very upset.

Christmas Eve we all got together at my aunts house like we did every year.
My grandpa came only because my sister said she was not coming. My sister
came any way she handed me the baby in the kitchen and ran to our mother's
room to hide from my grandpa.

I took the baby and went to sit right next to my grandpa. I said isn't she beautiful
she didn't do anything to you . God sent her to our family to love. He reached out
to her and held her for a long time tears streaming down his face. He then called
my sister over and all was forgiven.

Since that day I have been a fierce supporter of that baby and her brother. It saddens
me deeply that they do not have the same opportunities as my own kids , that they are
seen as a threat etc. I don't see their color I only see their souls.

Like our family people can learn and change . You have to be still and listen ,we need
a new world where we all can be one big family, I hope it happens soon, thank you
for reading my page for being my friend and for supporting me .I love you all.

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  • LORI-K
    37 days ago
    Thank you from speaking from your heart!! As a woman of color, I think it is okay to see skin color, just as it is okay to see hair color or eye color. It is when people treat you well or treat you adversely because of your skin color ( or any other perceived difference) that makes me sad and mad. emoticon
    39 days ago
    What a beautiful way to express this. My heart breaks easily these days. I have always loved everyone and been "color blind". emoticon
    39 days ago
    The color of your skin does not determine your worth.
    Each of us is beautiful in our own way.
    39 days ago
    Beautiful story!
    I grew up in a unincorporated town where there was a native american village on the north end of town. I basically grew up native american and colored people. It wasn't until I went off to college that I realized not everyone grew up like me. LOL in fact I wished as a kid I was not white because in our area both got treated better then the writes did!
    39 days ago
    Beautiful Joanne,touching tale.
    Stay safe and keep well hun emoticon
    39 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Thank you for sharing this with us. Your right, skin color should not be a reason to bring out the worst in people. We all are of one race the human race, regardless of race, or creed. So nice that you showed your grandfather what he was missing, by not seeing this beautiful baby and the rest of the family. He also saw his error in judgement. This does happen though even yet today.
    39 days ago
  • RETAT60
    Lovely message. No one should be denied equality for any reason least of all the color of their skin. Thank you.
    39 days ago
    Beautiful. And that's the truth, we should be seeing the souls of everyone. We all have them.
    39 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Love each other every day in every way. Color should not matter. We are all all beautiful in God's eyes. Wonderful blog. I am glad your niece came and your grandfather realized the baby was just a baby and innocent. Who cares of color, creed, nationality or sexual orientation. God loves us all!!
    39 days ago
    Your story brought me to tears. Love and innocence changed everything.
    May our country turn to acceptance and love. ❤️️
    39 days ago
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