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I Have A Friend Who Is A Negro! A Moment With Bill Essay

Updated on December 10, 2014

A Glimpse Back in Time


Let me take you back to the mid-1960’s. This writer attended Seattle University, enrolling in the freshmen class in 1966. I came from a lilly-white Catholic high school in Tacoma, Washington. There was not one African American in my high school. Come to think of it, there were no Asians or Hispanics, either. Just us white boys from middle class and upper-middle class families.

Seattle University is located to the east of Capital Hill in Seattle in an area called the Central District. Back in 1966 the Central District meant, for lack of a better term, the Black District.

The school year began and as freshmen will do, we socialized a bit and got to know each other. On our dorm floor were students from Los Angeles and Chicago, New York and San Francisco, all people well-versed in cultural diversity….and then there was me.

One Friday night after some pizza a few of the new friends decided to flip me some crap about my lack of racial experience. The jokes were crude and demeaning and I was on a slow-burn. After about a half hour of being the brunt of jokes I declared that I had nothing against blacks and that I did, in fact, have a friend who was a Negro.

Oh Lord help me!

After the laugher subsided it was brought to my attention that the very fact that I declared my friendship with a black person proved the point they were making, that I was ignorant about race in general and in my ignorance I was furthering racism.

That one hurt!

Clueless in 1966
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The Youngbloods speaking the truth

Older and Wiser Now


Well, it turned out that my worldly friends were absolutely correct. Today I understand their point because I realize that to differentiate a human being according to color, sex or creed is in fact perpetuating prejudice.

You see, we are all members of the human race and as such not so different after all. We certainly aren’t different enough to need labels for description.

Think about it and you just might see the wisdom in it.

The more I think of you as a Black American, and you as a Hispanic American, and you over there as an Asian American, the less I am thinking of you as Americans. The key classification is “Americans” and not the color of American, and even that is getting away from the central point, namely that we all belong to the Human Race.

What’s next? Meet my friend, he’s a Gay American. Hey, over there, that’s Janice, she’s a Catholic American, and Bob over there is a Closet Homophobe American, and Turk is a Redneck Dumber Than Dirt American. Where does it stop?

Why do we need labels to describe a person? If there is a point in it I would love to hear about it right now.

Humanity One World
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Today I See the Truth


I am color blind. I stand on my actions as proof of that fact. I couldn't care less what color you are, and I sure as hell don’t want to know your sexual preferences. Makes no difference to me if you are a Baptist or a Jew, a Catholic or an atheist; you are welcome at Bill and Bev’s house for a home-cooked meal.

What’s that you say? You are an exec for Microsoft? Don’t be offended when I say I don’t care. Oh, you say you are homeless? Yep, you got it, I don’t care.

Would you like to know what I do care about? I care about the depth of your character. I care about whether you are compassionate and empathetic. I care about whether you give a damn about humanity or if greed is your siren song. Show me that you have game with regards to being a human being and I’ll give you my respect. Earn it and it is yours.

That is my truth today. We are all the same. We all laugh and cry, feel pain and experience happiness. We all nurture our young, try our damndest and struggle from time to time. We all stumble and fall, rise up again and keep moving forward. We all have our flaws, our frailties and our character defects, and we all have the capability of being so much more.

That is my truth today!

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Inevitable Conclusion


Labeling leads to stereotypes leads to prejudice leads to division of humanity, and we should be working towards coming together and not spreading further apart.

You see, we need each other, and that may be a point that is hard for some to accept.

I need the banker in Wales and the shepherd in Afghanistan. I need the textile worker in Bangkok and the farmer in Iowa. We are all in this together. This is a global society. Anyone who believes otherwise is smoking some stuff that I would like to sample. The sooner we come together, bridge our differences and accept the fact that we are all one big family, the better off we will be.

Yes we are bonded economically. The United States needs the Chinese consumer just as they need us. When workers go on strike in London it affects the Euro and that in fact will affect the dollar. When a tsunami hits Japan you damn well better believe it will be felt in Detroit, Michigan.

Now we need to learn to bond in more important ways as well. One of the wonders of the internet is the fact that I can bond with someone in India. I can learn about their culture and their beliefs and they can find out that not all Americans are egotistical idiots. I can reach out to someone in Connecticut when they are recovering from a disaster and I can laugh at jokes served up by the Mickster in Ireland. The more I am willing to do those things, the more we will come together and that, my friends, must be a good thing.

So much wiser now
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Love One Another

Proud to Be an American


Well yes, I love my country of birth. The United States has a rich history of accomplishment and innovation, of hard work and sacrifice. Sure there are things about my country that need fine-tuning, but that can be said of all countries on Earth.

More importantly, though, I am proud to be a member of the Human Race. We are a wondrous species and we are capable of so much good. It is my belief that if we come together under a common flag, the flag of humanity, we will reach levels of accomplishment we once could only dream about, and wouldn’t that be a marvelous thing to behold?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Dedicated to my friend Lurana who can be found on HubPages here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      S Leretseh, I appreciate that and thank you. I have been known to be a bit sarcastic myself. I understand the point you were making and I actually agree with you. Thank you for stating it so convincingly.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      Billybuc, sorry for sarcasm. I jump around to so many sites... Should hv been more respectful. I should add, if all the world's people thought like you (and the posters here- excluding me), what a blissful place it would be. Alas...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      S Leretseh....very entertaining comment. The statistics that you mention are factual I'm sure, and I appreciate your comment. I question your need for sarcasm but be that as it may. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      WOW. I feel like I entered a children's playpen here. I just recently watched the movie Galaxy Quest with my 10-year-old. The movie is about child-like aliens who are under attack. The child-like aliens have enlisted a human crew from a children's TV show, but they don't know these guys are just TV characters - the child-like aliens think they're super heroes. The attackers have invaded the ship of the child-like aliens and they are going to exterminate them. But before they do, the enemy commander wants the child-like aliens to be made aware of just who they have enlisted to help them. The enemy commander tells one of the children's TV character : "So they will better understand, talk to them as if they are children."

      I don't mean to be divisive here but there are, truly , really truly, honestly now ... many different races of people. And it is OK to see race. It really is. Every narrative I've come across here at Hub pages preaching, imploring, remonstrating for race-nullification ... it is a white male or white female. Never any other race. And every one of them use the black race. And all of the narratives (including this Hub) seem mushy and embellished on - contrived? Never once have I come across a Hub where a black person has a feel-good story about his/her experience(s) with a white person (any any other race for that matter). I wonder why? If anyone has a link, let me know. Love to read it. BTW, don't Asians hv black friends? or vice versa? Where are these feel-good narratives?

      My very extensive research on the black race in particular and race nullification in general, is this:: Since 1964 (the year compulsory racial integration became the law of the land), racial integration has produced, not conclusively but powerfully suggestive, MORE racial intolerance from blacks; and MUCH more racial violence from blacks toward white people. Even as educated and knowledgeable as I am regarding the black race, I still have no answer to all this new (since 1964) violence directed at innocent white people.

      If any of you race-nullificationist (Happy Human Family People) have a formula to end racial violence (according to gov't statistics, more than 90% comes from blacks and their victims are ALL white), I would dearly love to hear it.

      (oh. I hv a link for the 90% of inter-racial violence if you want it)

      BOTTOM LINE: Treat ALL people respectfully and DON'T commit to race/group nullification --it's down right dangerous thing to do.

      Below is a good read from a "former" white liberal female who got a rude awakening in Harlem. What do I feel like right now? Like I just told my 10-year-old there's no Santa Claus...

      nypress.com/harlem-its-a-hard-knock-life/

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, great comment. i think we tend to see more of that in the bigger cities. Here in Olympia, we are something like 97% white and that does not spell diversity. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      What a great hub Bill. Everyone should be color blind. I lived in NYC after college for about 5 years and my favorite thing about it was one could wear whatever they wanted, be whoever they wanted and nobody cared. It was all good and it taught me a lot.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, the day we reach that point as a society is the day I'll know we really do stand for the words written in the Declaration of Independence. Thank you my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I remember hearing racist remarks as a small child from some family members, even then I questioned why they said such mean words about people. Looking at a person's heart is the only way to judge a person's character, not the color. Love your post, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Efficient, I hope it won't take another 9/11 to bring us all together, but it might. Two visits today...thank you so much. I'll stop by your neighborhood shortly and make sure I haven't missed a new hub.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I remember the day when 911 happened, and a few days after, in my neck of the woods I got the feeling everyone seemed to stop their bickering with each other and stood united.

      Your story in the beginning made me chuckle a bit. It is one of those things that now looking back it is hilarious but when it happened it was not funny at all i.e. this is the first time I ever heard of anyone being ostracized for "lack of racial experience".

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, I'm beginning to think that's what it would take. I've been watching this sad state of affairs unfold for six decades....I know it's better but still a long way to go. Thank you so much for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      I guess we no longer have to worry about "little green men" from Mars attacking us. Here is my point. If we earthlings were truly attacked by another species outside of planet earth, would we then pull together and feel united? Sad to think that it would take that or something similar to make us realize that we are all human beings and differences in skin tone or eye color does not matter. Great hub! Up votes and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Have a great evening Doc!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I know right. thanks Billy.. great idea!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ME, I love your attitude. I'm proud to be a fellow member, and my hope is the same as yours.

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      mejohnson 4 years ago

      Well said. I'm proud to be a member of the human race too! I hope more people can recognize what you did: skin color is insignificant.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Truth, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment...way off mark, but thanks anyway!

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      Truth 4 years ago

      The Blacks and other minorities want to be hyphenated Americans because they benefit from it. They get special grants and other assisted help from federal, state, city and othe non-profits because of their race or minority status. Being white doesn't get you anything.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, thank you and I, too, am honored to call you a friend. Let's go out and see if we can change a little bit of society today.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I agree with your views Billy. Why should we have to label people according to ethnicity? "Labeling leads to stereotypes leads to prejudice leads to division of humanity, and we should be working towards coming together and not spreading further apart." This is one of the most important paragraphs in my opinion in your hub. What's wrong with society? People are too judgmental. Billy, you are a kindred soul and I am honored to call you my friend. Thanks to the internet we connected.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, I am very happy that I made you happy today. We need to find a way to unite as one race...until we do there can be no peace on Earth. Thank you my friend!

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      This hub makes me smile. Such a wonderful thinking,buddy! I totally agree to the points stated by you. Getting out of the prejudices is the most important thing to achieve harmony in life.

      Reading this hub in the morning made my day. Thanks for this hub. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Cris, for sharing your personal experience. You are, of course, right. Discrimination hurts and it is wrong....period!

      Happy Easter to you my friend and thank you!

      love from Olympia

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arun, what a wonderful quote that is. Thank you my friend.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      We are busy in discriminating people on the grounds of colour, race, sex, country etc causing unnecessary rift and divisions. Your excellent piece reminds me of the saying

      'At all times, empathy is less evident in humans and much more in animals.' Thank you very much.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I have chinky eyes and they call me yellow sometimes CanAsian. Now, should I frown or simply shrug my shoulder about it? I speak my own language but I also speak the Universal one yet I felt discriminated and bumped out once in my life. So, now I am an advocate for diversity (and acceptance regardless of your creed, color, sex, etc) and I bow to fight against any form of discrimination. It hurts. It is wrong. Period.

      "smoking some stuff that I would like to sample" -- Lol, to that Bill! I say, it's ignorance or simply lack of proper education for them.

      This hub is worthy of my time and I'll be more than happy to share this across the globe via social media. Thumbs up all the way.

      Great read on this quiet Easter night. Thanks and happy Easter to you (and Bev).

      Love from the sky~

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy! Wishing you a wonderful Easter my friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Absolutely true Bill. A person is a person no matter what color skin he or she has. Passing this on. Hope you and Bev are having a Happy Easter!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, it is a pleasure having you visit. Thank you for the Easter well-wishes. May you have a blessed Easter. My best to you and your family.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, there is more to a human being than just looks and skin color. And you have emphasized this point very well. If we could all call ourselves human beings how great that would be! We are all the same under the skin like Graham says. We all are affected by thoughts and emotions much the same way.

      Appreciated as always and Happy Easter my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, we should indeed. :) Oh if it were so.

      Thank you my friend and Happy Easter to you!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      As you know I was a child at the height of racial discrimination in the south. I was not proud of the way we treated the Negro and I do apologize to them.

      I love the song from South Pacific: "Children have to be taught to hate".

      We should just all live by the Golden Rule!

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it does indeed, and you, and I, and many like us will provide that positive reinforcement. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Being human rings that we find good in each other. We cannot be the "few" any more. We must rise up as the majority, and everything will change around us. It still takes positive reinforcement.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      debj, thank you very much. The feeling is mutual. Have a great weekend.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Bill - Your thoughts on prejudice are rational, reasonable, inspirational and downright fascinating to read. I'm glad I found you on Hubpages.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Anna!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, it's amazing you survived playing a white racist back then. Love your survival skills.

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Great stuff as usual Bill!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I went to Galileo High. During my time the Chinese and black were at constant war. Whites were a minority which came in after Hindus. Life was very precarious. Though I enjoyed school notoriety, for 3 years, at school, I was a minority (in a lot of ways). I once paled a white racist in an all black cast (a dangerous role).

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, obviously I don't speak from any platform at all, and my experience is like zero when it comes to the "N" word, but I have always considered it to be a derogatory term and I see no reason why anyone would use it. Growing up in the 50's and 60's, I have to much history with that word and it was all negative. I am amazed that African Americans call each other that name as I can see no good to come from it, but like I said, I really have no background to make that statement.

      Thank you buddy! You are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL Lurana, it's okay...I probably would have missed it too. One of your hubs inspired this hub, so I had to thank you for the inspiration. Besides, you are a quality human being so you deserve a shout out. I'm sure glad I chose the right song. :) Thank you my friend for being who you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I have heard that one too, more often than I care to remember. I have to say, at least from my perspective, that things have gotten better and that's all we can really hope for. Thanks as always and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that is a point few people remember. Thanks for mentioning that very basic fact.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Awesome hub bro, You make a great point and I think all those who still are into classifying and labeling one another are completely brain washed still today. Our character as humans must remain contingent upon being good law abiding citizens that care for the likes of all others, or else all that has been worked on in terms of civil rights, in terms of freedom and equality shall all go down the drain.

      Great article bro as you write these masterpieces for bettering humanity quite often, and I'm proud to be a good friend of yours and I'm many nationalities in one (About 7 or 8 to be exact, three differing types of native American blood and so much more, its no joke!). You can call me a Mutt I guess if anyone would like to label me. I stake the claim of human being as well. "Powerful Words Bill" Go get em!

      One thing however since I have African American blood in me, I do take offense to when the "N" word is used, I'm sure many others who are as well will tell you much of the same bro. Figured I'd mention it, but I'm sure you knew that already my good friend. (What's crazy though is how many African Americans use it on each other and act like its all good, when it really isn't)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Bill, I swear I read every word except what was after your signature....which was the dedication!! I can't believe I missed that! I am completely humbled. I was very much taken with the "We Are the World" song....so now I have to tell you that story because of the synchronicity: I won an art contest in 2nd grade (Pedestrian Safety poster, I'm not bragging about that) and the prize was a gift certificate to a music store and I bought a cassette tape for myself for the first time in my life....and it was the We Are the World soundtrack. I know every song on it by heart and wore it out. Yup, I was only in 2nd grade when that came out. I cannot believe you chose that one and that you dedicated this to me....I must be "blind" like I said in my quote to have missed it, hope you forgive me, and cannot thank you enough. I am truly touched.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Bill, I use to hear this one, "Some of my best friends are..." It all depended on what we were calling ourselves at the time (colored, negro, black, black American, black African American, and so on). But, if feels good now to hear that phrase less often. Our world is made up of a variety of people - all with unique experiences we can share and learn from one another. Indeed, Humanity One World is a great place to be.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. In my book we are all related and can be traced back to the same beginning. We are all a part of the human race. Thanks for reminding us. great job.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, of course you agree....this was written for you.....did you see the dedication at the end?

      Thanks for a great comment that is right on the mark.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I think many of us have such memories of lessons learned regarding racism. My parents were racists in denial, especially my mother. LOL Luckily college opened my eyes to a world I never knew existed.

      Thanks as always for those angels. A big hug and deep gratitude coming your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you hit the nail on the head with that statement. Racism is taught by ignorant people who simply perpetuate the hate they were raised around. It seems to be endless but I still have hope.

      I would have liked Mrs. Ford. :)

      Thanks Ruby!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, it will be interesting for sure and like you, I'm not sure how it will all turn out. I think we have made incredible gains in this area during our lifetime, but there is much still left to do.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sleep well, Missy Sha! :)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I agree absolutely; describing someone *unnecessarily* by any demographic category is demeaning because it reduces them to a label---and that applies to old or skinny or disabled or anything else. Unless it has to be mentioned, it shouldn't be. We are all just Human. The rest is details.

      "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye."---Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      My experience with other races was quite limited except interacting with a little girl when I was a very young girl and being treated by a black dentist when I was a bit older. I was befriended by a young black girl when I went to school up in Pennsylvania....a Southerner with an accent that made it clear where I was from. But she taught me a thing or two without saying a word. Her actions spoke louder than any words. She taught me what you are saying here---it just doesn't matter our color, our economic situation, our gender or religious preferences...we are the body of one...humankind.

      Coming here is a place to refuel and keep it real for me...Bill.

      Best wishes and hugs to you and yours and more Angels are headed your way :) ps

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Racism will never cease until ' The White Supremacy ' theory is stampted out. We still have groups who believe that garbage. I was raised in a small town that had two black people, one was ' Niger John and the other was ' Nigor Ford. John lived down by the river and picked up bottles, etc. to sell. Mrs. Ford was a cook at the American Legion and a friend of my mother's. She was my babysitter quite often and i loved her. I was only four, but i remember how kind she was to me, in fact she pulled my first loose tooth out with a string, assuring me, " It won't hurt honey, i promise. " The reason i am telling you this story is to highlight the fact that racism is taught by ignorant people who hate anyone who is different. Thank's for another great hub.....

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, I applaud you for this Hub. Like many other social issues, I don't know how it will turn out, but we can only hope for the best. This is such a huge issue, and like many other hot button topics, people have really diverse thoughts about it, even though it should be completely without bias! It would be interesting to see what happens in future generations.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thankee, Massa Bill. Now I believe I kin sleep t'nite!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Sha, you speak that redneck cracker language pretty good. LOL You're killing me with this...way too funny, but right on my dear. Amazing how much time people spend hating others for no logical reason.

      Love you

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      My lordy goshen, Massa Bill! You mean to tell me you have Negro friends? Doncha know colored folks don't breathe our air or bleed our blood or have hopes, dreams, aspirations, skills or laugh and cry? What's wrong witchew man! Only white folk got the right to live on this earth. Donchew know God only loves white folk?

      I hope people read the absolute assinine stupidity of my comment and realize how unbelievably prejudiced they think, feel and act.

      Lordy goshen, my hair is gray. Does that separate me from the rest of the human race? My eyes are blue. Does that set apart from the human race? WTF people!! Get off your high horse and see the wonderful colors God and Nature have provided for us!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm trying, Beatris.....good to have you with us. :)

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      Beatris Iversen 4 years ago

      Thanks billybic, interesting issue all over, thanx for the great hubpage.you're really getting the message out there.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Rhonda and I agree, racism has been politicized to the tune of millions of dollars. It never should have come to this but it can still be turned around....one damn person at a time. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beatris, thanks for weighing in on this. I would spend more time thinking about racism in South Africa but we have our own problems here in the U.S. with that issue. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, I have found that to be true. I think racism is sneakier today than in the "old days." My step-daughter is black and we have quite a mixed breed here in our home....love it!

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Right on the mark as usual. I find it ironic that currently many of those screaming racism are in fact profiting off of it's ongoing existence. It's been politicized, used and abused for as many purposes as has religion. We're all the same. We all bleed red. Red, however, is not the color for this hub. This is gold, as in a great big shiny gold star!

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      Beatris Iversen 4 years ago

      Hi Annie I live in South-Africa, and there's so many issues around racism. Its even worse than ever before, when people can look past this the world will be a different place.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      My first husband is a Black man. My children are mixed race. I learned very early on the people to be the most careful around are the ones who say they have no color bias. Racism is insidious and is almost a bad today as it ever was.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ladydeonne no, I don't think you need to say more. That ONE word says it all. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, so good to see you. I remember Roundtree quite well...awesome dude and yes, your school was definitely color blind. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, I'm glad you liked it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Mike, seriously, I'm sorry about the house problems. Maybe that ten year plan isn't completely gutted. I hope not. As for the visit, throw them all in an RV and you can park on the side of our house. We'll have some fun and you can help with the garden. :)

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      Great article! Need I say more? We all are ONE...ONE...ONE...ONE...one

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      What a Fantastic Hub Bill...Something for Everyone...We are the World, with all the Colors of the Rainbow...We just need to live in Peace and Harmony.

      In High School I was in "Dramatic's Class" with Richard Roundtree, who went onto become "Shaft" in the movies...He was also voted the "Best Dressed"...that was back in the 60's...Our school was Color Blind.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      This is a great hub. It was very informative and sociologically analytic.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      How about do you have room for all of us there? Ol Satan just gave us a sucker punch here. The "family" that committed to buying our house and have been in it for 9 months just up and moved away, leaving us with a rental we are in through July, and a now empty house we tried to sell. We are moving back into it, but it blew our 10 year plan to bits. I think we'll just dump it onto the market and move West with you! Got room for 3 kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats, Tina and I? Oh, and my deer mounts, bass mounts, fishing tackle, and assorted "stuff"?!

      See you in a couple a days!!! Naw better not, gotta think of these kids at the school district I care about. Had one this morning give me a hug outside the school and hand me a school picture of himself. I don't even know his name, but these morning hugs from these kids make my day! See ya buddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MIke, you bring up an interesting point. I am of the belief that the government is quite happy having us divided. I think the system works best for those in power when the little guys are fighting among themselves. I know some will not agree with that but I firmly believe it.

      I was nodding my head as I read your comment and then I laughed out loud...Redneck Appreciation Day?? Like that will ever happen. :)

      Thanks buddy! Remember you and your lovely wife have a standing invitation to join us for dinner here in Olympia.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Comfort, thank you for sharing your experience. The South is a classic example of course, but I still see racism and prejudice here in the Northwest and we live in one of the most liberal states in the nation. All we can do is call it when we see it and refuse to allow it when we experience it. Bless you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, oh yes, South Africa. When will it end there? Who knows! All we can do is pray and keep working towards a solution. Thank you for this comment.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Hello Bill. I agree with everything you've said on here. The color of our skin shouldn't be the wall that devides us. But most people here in the 'South' tend to judge you first by skin color.

      I remember when I taught at an Air Force Base. Atimes, one or two of the civilian trainees will walk into the classroom, and as soon as it was made clear that I was the instructor, not the helper, they'ld walk right back out of class.

      like you said, judge me by the depth of my character, not my skin color.

      Great hub. Voted up and interesting.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Racism reminds me of South Africa, color has been a barrier for years accepting others for they really are is hard for unkind.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      agapsikap, great comment. I would love to believe that we can end discrimination but I don't think it is possible. All we can hope for is to lessen it to some degree. Thank you my new friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, that would be a wonderful moment. We will have a great outdoor picnic of Hubbers. Come on over....there will always be a place for you at our table.

      Thank you dear lady! I'm glad you like that stupid picture. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, what a great reflection. Isn't it amazing what can happen when we push aside differences and just interact as human beings? I love this story. We have a "mixed" family, and the only reason I know that is because people will comment on it occasionally. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, I agree with you completely that prejudice is learned behavior, and I happen to believe we will never see it disappear from this planet. It's just the nature of the beast that we call homo sapiens. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi! I hope our common cause isn't a world war against aliens, but it may take something almost as important to get us all to realize that we are in this together.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Bill, this is exactly what I was speaking of in my hub (Insert Your Demographic Here) American. Lincoln said is best, that a house divided can not stand. The more we claim Psuedo American, the more we divide ourselves into special groups, all of whom want something for themselves and no other.

      I went to a nurshery school (Yes Virginia, a nursery school) when I was 4 years old; started 1st grade at 5. In my nursery school there were perhaps 2 or 3 white kids; all others were of color. It made no difference to me then, nor now.

      In my grade school, I cried one day after a race because I was so slow. When asked why, I said I wanted a suntan like my friend Donnie. That would make me faster, I thought. Donnie was of color. That is how much I recognized skin color then.

      I played basketball for the Boys Club in High School; I started with four other persons of color. Didn't matter then, nor now. (To prove the movie wrong, this white boy jumped center!)

      If we love, accept, greet, treat each other as we desire to be treated, we will do so much better than we are. But it is up to us, one person at a time, influencing all others who witness this to behave in a similar manner. I greet all people as people; not black, hispanic, asian (I will not capitolize these forms of identification here, that brings notice to them) or any other color or creed.

      It matters not what it on the exterior, but what is in the interior that makes us who we are. Our Heart, our Mind, our Soul. Thank you Bill, for bringing this to our attention so we can act on it, one person at a time.

      But it seems as though our Government desires us to remain divided, doesn't it. They divide us into Black History Month; Hispanic History Month; all the days and weeks and months that segregate us into ever smaller groups. We think our group is winning, but in reality we lose; they win. If we banded together, we might kick their sorry hind ends out of office. You'll notice there is no White Pride Month, or Redneck Appreciation Day out there. Guess that demographic color and creed doesn't count so much.

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      Discrimination can be seen in too many places. Most written case are from overseas contract workers. Too many cases to mention.

      Its good to know that there are still good people out there (like Bill) who shows strong compassion for humankind. One needs to initiate the goodwill and leave the prejudices.

      Voted and shared, Bill!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      billybuc great point. Being a Puerto Rican and a God lover, I know what prejudice does to us; we are a mix, everyone is.

      Ephesians 4:16 says: "From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

      May I ask, What will both do when you see us all on front of your door replying the invitation: "you are welcome at Bill and Bev’s house for a home-cooked meal." Lol. You are special and loved. Keep the positive promise to Bev. I love that baseball ball player picture.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      We were living in Europe when my son was in the second grade. He kept talking about his new friend, JR. Their friendship grew and my son wanted to invite JR over for a sleepover. This was to be the first overnight guest for my young son, and he was thrilled.

      I wrote a note to JR's parents inviting JR to spend the night the following Saturday night. The note included our phone number

      and I asked that one of JR's parents call to finalize plans.

      I answered the phone one day, and there was a long pause before a

      very deep voice finally broke the silence.

      "Are you Mrs. Anderson?" he asked reluctantly.

      I could tell that he was a black man, and he could tell that I was a white woman.

      I asked if he was JR's father? He confirmed that he was.

      I had to laugh when I said, 'isn't it great that our children forgot to mention the color of skin?'

      I told Jr's father that my son thought the world of JR and we would love to have JR spend the night.

      He said, "but we are a black family".

      "Our children don't see the color of their friend's skin.

      Maybe we can learn something from our young sons."

      JR. spend the night and the boys remained friends.

      I think back to those days when two little boys became fast friends.

      They never noticed they had different color skin.

      Great hub, Bill. How do we change the world? One person at a time.

      DJ.

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Bill, any kind of prejudice is a learned behavior, usually taught by the parents. In some cases it is a "peer pressure" behaviour, and some are not strong enough to stand up to this.

      Will prejudice ever go away? I doubt it as long as there are people involved.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Jo, the tea is on and the honey is waiting....you can hang with us any old day my friend. We would love to have you. Hop in that old jet airliner and just keep flying west until you see Mt. Rainier. We'll be waiting for you. :)

      Feel better soon my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, there you go trashing the Rednecks again. LOL I think we should start a Pink Appreciation Society...what say you oh pink dynamo???

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      We were so certain we were brought up color blind. My parents taught us to love everyone regardless of religion, color, sexual orientation. Then one day, I heard my mother and aunt talking. They were describing someone. The words I picked up were "He is a "light" Negro." That was when I discovered that they weren't completely color blind as they were still light sensitive!

      I do have to agree with tobusiness. Sometimes it takes a common cause to help us erase the lines of demarkation.

      Great hub, Bill! Thank you!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      It's sad that there are those who don't like pink people. Poor Foofa.

      I don't like labels, either, but I have to admit that the ones you make up are pretty funny. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hey Bill, tell Bev to put the kettle on, I'll be round for a cuppa soon!...actually; make that a hot honey and lemons, I've got the mother of all flu. :)

      Another interesting read. There are times when I feel we will only appreciate each other as members of the same human race, when we find a common enemy, maybe an alien invasion will do the trick.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I am pretty sure we all do that, or have done that. it is a subconscious way of describing people and most likely not harmful at all.....I just thought I would toss my reflections out there and get some discussion going. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, good for you and for your parents for raising you to see one color.....it gives me hope to know that the next generation of Huldie's will be raised the same way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, thank you for that comment. I will never be able to understand or tolerate prejudice.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Art, right on my friend. Thank you and have a great day in Jamaica!