Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Express Yourself: Social Challenges
Thank you to Dani @ Entertaining Interests and Jackie @ Bouquet of Books for this weekly meme!
This might be both an easy and a hard question because it's not something I get to talk about often, the question of my biggest social challenge.
I think I said this a while back, but I began my growing up in a predominantly white town called Yardley, PA. It's about an hour north of Philly, just west of Trenton, NJ. I spent a lot of time being if not the only, one of the only black students in my classes. For a while, I did wish I looked like my friends, but overall, I was accepted, and I was fine. Moving down to Delaware, however, was a culture shock. Dover was actually a segregated city when my mom was growing up, and the further south you go, the clearer it is that some mentalities haven't changed. So it's hard going through days where people always categorize or judge people based on what color they are, and you see it on the news so often it's sad to see the tug-of-war between how far we have or haven't come.
Didn't mean to bring down the mood, but hopefully the world changes. :)