While growing up I was always taught do unto to others as you would want done to you. Growing in the country it wasn’t too bad, didn’t hear sirens all the time, didn’t hear about people being killed for no apparent reason. Life was so much better, up to the age of eleven never encountered racism until we moved to the city, it was a culture shock. I hadn’t live around different ethnicities, the only racism I heard was the stories from my elders in my family and of course learned about slavery in school. When we moved to the city it was quite different and very scary. I really believed if I did no wrong to people they would not do wrong to me. I remember walking home from the bus stop, and a truck with two white men “yelled out nigger” and threw an apple at me, at this time I was twelve years old. But as I was walking I wasn’t afraid, but I knew I needed to hurry home. I can’t remember if I told my cousin who took care of me. But from that moment I knew they disliked me because of my color. I think back on my life and living in the country among my own people was the best years of my life. It troubles me how this world is filled with so much hatred. To know that because of my race I’m hated. Ignorance is not an excuse to treat others different, as human beings we should first do no harm. I used to think laws were created to protect all people, but truthfully they are not. I wonder often if I treat people how they have treated me would they smile and thank me for giving them back what they dished out. Human beings should not be filled with so much hate. Why would any race of people want to oppress another group just to oppress and torment them all the days of their lives and feel no remorse? I thank YaHWaH for I know this captivity is coming to an end and soon those who led us into captivity will go into captivity. Then my people will no longer have to endure this oppression in this wicked land. I know who I am and there is no need for any other race to tell me otherwise, they have no power to create life as YaHWaH does, and I shall not fear them. Ignorance is ignorance in any color, and change must come, but change already started with me.