Ann Arbor, MI
Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
At a family gathering years ago, a relative of mine inspired me. He told me that each time he came across a penny on the sidewalk that was heads-down, he would flip it over to bring the next pedestrian good luck. The next week on a school field trip, I bent down to do the same, and was met with a snide comment from a classmate insinuating that my Jewish ethnicity prompted me to reach for the penny. To this day, I avoid coins that I see on the sidewalk.