"THE SKIN GAME"
Was I Black and Didn't Know It?
Did My Skin Color Change Over night?
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NOT TOO LONG AGO I HAD A DREAM, A VIVID DREAM. IN MY DREAM I WAS LOOKING AT MYSELF IN A MIRROR AND I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THAT MY SKIN WAS BLACK. ALL OF THIS TIME, I REMEMBER THINKING IN MY DREAM, I THOUGHT I WAS WHITE. I REMEMBER THINKING, "WHY DIDN'T MY MOTHER TELL ME"? LATER, AFTER WAKING UP AND REMEMBERING MY DREAM, IT MADE PERFECT SENSE.
I WORK FOR A VERY LARGE CORPORATION WITH AN EXTREMELY DIVERSE WORKPLACE THAT EMPLOYES SEVERAL THOUSAND PEOPLE. THE TEAM I WAS ON AT THAT TIME WAS PREDOMINANTLY BLACK AND I UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE A MINORITY. DURING THOSE SEVERAL YEARS, I GOT THE CHANCE TO KNOW MY TEAM MATES, MEET SOME OF THEIR KIDS, GRIEVE WITH THEM IN THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES, AS THEY DID WHEN I LOST MY MOM, AND CELEBRATE THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. BUT MOST OF ALL, I FELL IN LOVE WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM! AND, THE MOST AMAZING THING HAPPENED.....I STOPPED SEEING THEM AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, OR AS SOMEONE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY, OR SOMEONE WITH A FOREIGN ACCENT. THEY JUST BECAME MY FRIENDS! I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO SEE ONLY THEIR SWEET SMILES, HEAR THEIR PRECIOUS LAUGHTER AND SEE THE SIZE OF THEIR HEARTS!
You Start Looking At Other People Differently
Is This What They Mean By Wearing Rose Colored Glasses?
IF NOT FOR THE FACT THAT WE WERE THROWN INTO SIDE BY SIDE CUBICLES FOR EIGHT HOURS EACH AND EVERY DAY, I WOULD NEVER HAVE HAD THE BLESSING TO GET TO KNOW THESE AMAZING PEOPLE. AFTERALL, IN OUR REAL LIVES WE TEND TO CONGREGATE IN OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS, FAMILIES, CLIQUES, CIRCLES.....NEVER VENTURING OUT TO EMBRACE THE UNIQUE DIVERSITIES OF THE CULTURES JUST OUTSIDE OUR BOUNDARIES.
SO, WHEN I HAD THE DREAM THAT I WAS A PERSON OF COLOR, I THINK IT ONLY CONFIRMED WHAT I ALREADY KNEW IN MY HEART. AND THAT IS BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL, AND SO IS BROWN AND YELLOW, BEIGE AND EVEN MARTIAN GREEN!
TO ALL MY PAST AND PRESENT FRIENDS AT BANK OF AMERICA, THANK YOU FOR ENHANCING AND ENRICHING MY LIFE. I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH.....!! GOD BLESS YOU!!
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