Do you hate your other side?

1915254_1244628479340_5197673_nCarissa Smith,
Philadelphia, PA.

This is what my father asked me when we were talking about the movie “12 Years a Slave”. He was talking about the horrors of slavery and the actual statement was: “I bet that makes you hate your white side, doesn’t it!?” I’m sure he doesn’t know the effects or the implications of his words and that he meant no harm but I knew that a part of him believes that there’s a part of me I should hate because my mother, his ex-wife, is white. These are some of the unenlightened statements and belief’s about race that I heard the most growing up.

 

Do you hate your other side?

1915254_1244628479340_5197673_nCarissa Smith,
Philadelphia, PA.

This is what my father asked me when we were talking about the movie “12 Years a Slave”. He was talking about the horrors of slavery and the actual statement was: “I bet that makes you hate your white side, doesn’t it!?” I’m sure he doesn’t know the effects or the implications of his words and that he meant no harm but I knew that a part of him believes that there’s a part of me I should hate because my mother, his ex-wife, is white. These are some of the unenlightened statements and belief’s about race that I heard the most growing up.

Do you hate your other side?

1915254_1244628479340_5197673_nCarissa Smith,
Philadelphia, PA.

This is what my father asked me when we were talking about the movie “12 Years a Slave”. He was talking about the horrors of slavery and the actual statement was: “I bet that makes you hate your white side, doesn’t it!?” I’m sure he doesn’t know the effects or the implications of his words and that he meant no harm but I knew that a part of him believes that there’s a part of me I should hate because my mother, his ex-wife, is white. These are some of the unenlightened statements and belief’s about race that I heard the most growing up.

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