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Racism should not be a part of childhood

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2004

I am no longer a resident of Juneau, but for a good portion of my life I was. I attended Glacier Valley Elementary, Floyd Dryden Middle School and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School. From the time I was a fourth-grader till my senior year in high school I was made fun of because of my race.

When I was being harassed, there was no way to combat the feelings of low self-worth and self-pity, no one to turn to that could make it stop.

Racism in its various forms has been a part of my family since the time of my grandfather. Racism is not something children are born with, but born into. If it is not challenged, it perpetuates and grows with that child until it becomes part of that person.

These events should not be part of anyone's childhood memories. Racism needs to be exposed and shown to limit all who are a part of it.

Frank Benson

Cocoa, Fla.



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