“They” should all be like you.

Shelagh-circa-1952-53Shelagh Mullings,
Coral Springs, FL

A white supervisor said this to me in 1965 when I was the lone “Negro” working in a white collar job for a large international corporation in San Francisco. I am a naturalized American with light skin (yellow) who was born in Jamaica, BWI. I was well-spoken, quiet (shy), and, most of all, made no waves. I did not take this as a compliment and only wish I had the courage at that time to tell her she had just insulted me and a whole race of individuals!

 

“They” should all be like you.

Shelagh-circa-1952-53Shelagh Mullings,
Coral Springs, FL

A white supervisor said this to me in 1965 when I was the lone “Negro” working in a white collar job for a large international corporation in San Francisco. I am a naturalized American with light skin (yellow) who was born in Jamaica, BWI. I was well-spoken, quiet (shy), and, most of all, made no waves. I did not take this as a compliment and only wish I had the courage at that time to tell her she had just insulted me and a whole race of individuals!

“They” should all be like you.

Shelagh-circa-1952-53Shelagh Mullings,
Coral Springs, FL

A white supervisor said this to me in 1965 when I was the lone “Negro” working in a white collar job for a large international corporation in San Francisco. I am a naturalized American with light skin (yellow) who was born in Jamaica, BWI. I was well-spoken, quiet (shy), and, most of all, made no waves. I did not take this as a compliment and only wish I had the courage at that time to tell her she had just insulted me and a whole race of individuals!

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