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This morning, I had breakfast with Owen at his school. While I was getting my plate Owen was headed to find a place to sit. He decided to sit next to his friend Juan. They we’re just talking and carrying on, and one conversation led to another, that left them talking about the story of Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman. His friend Juan, who is a couple of grades ahead of him, told him all about slavery and segregation and shared with him the reality of what life was like for people of color living back in the days of slavery.

“Owen, did you know that if we had grown up back in that day, you wouldn’t be able to talk to me? We wouldn’t be able to eat together, drink from the same water fountain, ride in the same car together, or even walk into the same store together.”

I could see Owen’s little brain wheels spinning, and he replied, “That is the saddest, most ridicuparent testionial_Tubmanlous thing I think I’ve ever heard of. What makes you any different from me? We are the same person. I’m so glad I didn’t live back then.”

They then take the next 10 minutes or so and his friend shares all the ways that Harriet Tubman learned how to navigate through the woods during her escape. How her dad told her to look at the moss on the trees to see which side it is growing on to guide her way. They talked about how brave Rosa Parks was to make the stand that she did. It was such a simple, innocent conversation between two boys.

As much racism as we claim is going on in the world, and as much as we see going on in the news, here are two young boys right in front of me that couldn’t imagine life any other way than it is now. With two races living side-by-side in harmony.

We have talked about slavery and things of that nature before, but I think for the first time he saw the situation through the eyes of his friend. And that made all the difference.

Danielle Burlison

April 13, 2016

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