Black friends’s father forbid our friendship.

Patricia Armstrong
St. Louis, MO

I was no more than 7 years old and made friends with a black girl in the neighborhood. We really had a lot of fun together and my family did not object. After a few weeks, I was invited to her house. After her father saw my white skin, he told her she could not be friends with me. My first understanding of racism was that day. I understood how badly it hurt.

 

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