FOR MUCH of my life, I have had to deal with people who thought I was too black to be white and too white to be black. It has always seemed a strange phenomenon to me, since I am the same person inside. There have been times when white people shunned me without ever getting to know me. They just saw the color of my skin and turned away. But there have also been times when black people shook their heads as soon as they discovered that I had white friends. They thought I had somehow betrayed my ethnic heritage.
It seems I often had a foot in two different worlds. One black. One white. The two worlds were very different yet also alike. Even as a youngster, I wondered why skin color should make a difference in how we treat one another.
Throughout my life, I have tried to live my mother’s mantra: Do not take on another’s hatred. What wonderful wisdom! Like her, I have found that the best way to change a person’s prejudice is to model a Christlike life. Only then are we able to rise above bitterness, anger, and revenge. After all, God is the Creator of us all, no matter the color of our skin.
- Lucimarian Roberts as told to Missy Buchanan with reflections by Robin Roberts
My Story, My Song
From pages 43-44 of My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith by Lucimarian Roberts as told to Missy Buchanan with reflections by Robin Roberts. Copyright © 2012 by Lucimarian Roberts. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Psalm 111:2-3, NRSV
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