Its Time For a Change


    “Miss W, are you Mexican?” was one of the first questions I was asked after I started working as a social worker in a Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia.  I paused and responded “What makes you ask that, D?”  “Well, you are not black. Your skin is light. You have blue eyes.” He really looked confused and was really checking out my skin and my hair.  “My mom and dad are both white and I am white.”  D looked at me a little puzzled and said “No, Miss W, what are you?” in a joking tone.  “I’m white D, I promise. What made you want to ask that?”  His response has haunted me since the moment the following words left his lips “Because white people don’t come here Miss W.”

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