The year 1995. As I walked out of the DMV glancing at my new NC license I noticed an identifier of R. I returned back in and ask what ever could the R stand for? Yes, I truly was that naive.
The R stood for race and interestingly enough, I had been identified with a W, for white, which I am not.
I sat in my car, for quite some time mind you, contemplating whether or not I would go back in and let the woman know she made a mistake. I thought about how the city I lived in, at the time, was predominantly segregated.
I thought about how we were about to buy a home and there was a disproportionate number of people of color qualified but prevented from buying homes. Especially in the areas they preferred. I thought about the treatment I would receive if I were ever stopped by the police. I thought about how I was treated at work. I thought about how I was treated at the grocery store. I thought about the glaring looks of disapproval in an attempt to find a home church. I remembered the conversations I had with school teachers, principals, and superintendents alike because of the injustices my children were experiencing while attending school because they, too, are not white. I thought about why it took me ten months to even decide I would stay in a state that did not embrace me.
I then decided I would leave it. The license, that is.
I no longer live in that state but I still have my driver’s license. I kept it because it was shocking to me that I had to make this decision in order for me and my family to be afforded the same opportunities as others.
I kept it because it reminded me of the injustice experienced because of the race I was born into.
But, I ask, why is racism still acceptable? Why is it is even necessary?
In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist. Angela Y. David.
Forever a foe,
Hey There! I'm Liz
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