I spoke to a woman in the restroom today at an airport and she looked at me as if I had done something wrong to her. Did I cut her in line? Was my breath offensive? Had I eaten her young?
I walk out and remember I left my gloves on the sink, then it happened I overheard...
"effing monkeys still doing tricks master taught them. Thinking she can speak to me. Their day is coming" I walked in and grabbed my gloves and said "have a blessed night ladies".
I forgot this type of ignorance still existed. I didn't even for a moment think the reason she looked at me with such disdain was because I was black. I forgot everyone isn't as free as the rest of us mentally.
That's why I thank God for black history month, it reminds me of how far we have all come in the states. It keeps me encouraged in moments like this. I wasn't even angry, I was sad. She'll never know the friends she may miss because she can't get pass something as inconsequential as color. I am so glad that I was taught to love beyond my differences to others. Thanks mom and dad. I could never live a life of such ignorance.
Now I'm going to go sit at a table for dinner with all different colors and races and laugh and talk with my friends. Happy Black History Month, let's continue to grow together.
Source: Amber Riley's Twitter
Stephen "TheeBlackSocialite" Hale