Paper and Ink


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74-year old grandfather. Served with IVS, Vietnam, 1968-69 in II Corps/III Corps. Police-fire-court reporter for Holyoke (MA) Transcript. Editor for GTE NW "Newsworthy" paper. PA Officer (DAE) fo  [+]

She didn’t think herself a racist. She’d had black school friends, worked with black women at the restaurant, and watched Oprah daily.

But when her seven-year-old, white daughter brought home a children’s book from the library featuring all black youngsters, she had to ask: Why? 

“’Cuz’ I can read all the words, Mama.”


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Keith Simmonds · ago
Congratulations for this well -deserved Honorable Mention, Mountain Nose!
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Houda Belabd · ago
Congratulations !
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Mary Tabor · ago
Congratulations! Well earned!
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Keith Simmonds · ago
Very striking piece of writing to make us reflect on the painful problem of racism! My support!
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Annette D. Koch · ago
In so few words we're made to realize that while good meaning adults still react to color, children are color-blind; she picked the book only because it was easy for her to read.
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jbmahaffie · ago
It's intriguing to see a story this short, a worthy endeavor. In this case, I didn't wholly get the point, however. Too brief?

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