BY A Southern White Woman Teacher in a Negro College (Morehouse College)

          I have a few old 50’s and 60’s magazines.  I probably have this one because it was the month before Roger, my son, was born.  While browsing the other day, I decided to read the referenced article to see what “the difference” might have been in that time, as seen at that time.

A take-away from this article.    “They (other teachers)… believe the Negro youth can feel complete self-respect only when he is given a chance to compete equally with his white peers.” This was a teaching of W.E. DuBois. (Famous black educator, late 19th century.)

The conclusion of the white teacher who wrote this article was:  “…. I have learned the difference between black and white.  It is the difference that exists between black and black or white and white, the difference basically, between man and man.”

I have lived and taught believing all races are equal.  With my Christian belief, I knew God created one man from whom all people came.  I believe one’s environment is more influential than genes in the “making” of a man.  I believe the Bible supports that opinion.

NOW A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  I have spent a lot of time this week spewing off because I am unjustly judged because of my skin color.  Stick with me because in this next week I am going to the other side.  How most very kind and honorable blacks have been unjustly judged purely because of skin color.


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. floridaborne says:

    If truth be known, we have all been unfairly judged. It seems to me that the people who have had it the worst, and then come to the USA, see a vast difference in treatment.

    There was a 5 year old boy killed at point blank range by a neighbor, and the usual media largely ignored it. Had it been a light beige neighbor killing another, it would probably be all over the news. But the man who killed a little boy in front of the boy’s two sisters wasn’t white,

    Those are the types of things that breed hate, and media discrimination is the match that lights the fire.

  2. oneta hayes says:

    Yes, you are so right about the media. I titled this series Race..and Me because I wanted to examine my stand with things I have personal knowledge of. Thanks for giving me you experience and concerns also. Have a nice Sunday, remembering to celebrate Jesus.

  3. pranabaxom says:

    Oneta, I took the liberty of sharing this in a WhatsApp group of people from Assam, my home state in India. Indians, by the way, are one of the most racist (closeted😀) society in the world, though they will vociferously protest that. Indians are Indians only when there is a cricket match or war against Pakistan. Otherwise they are a bunch of this and that but not Indians😀

  4. Faye says:

    Thank you for sharing these reflections etc. It is inciteful. Australia was never intended to be a multi-racial nation but a multi cultural nation. How proudly we could join the festivals and share food, costumes, and understanding of each others heritage. All were naturalised and became Aussie citizens, This was with the idea were were all under ONE LAW, It was never to be a racial divide until some immigrants began to want there own justice and law system. I saw it ALL rise up into a political, racial mess and all wanted to live by their own LAW, Media stirred politically and it became ALL about RACE and colour. All conveniently have forgotten the thread that held us all together the HIGHER LAW,,,,God’S LAW. Blessings!

  5. oneta hayes says:

    God’s thread that holds us together, His Law. So true. Beautiful words.

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