Nothing like an unarmed black man being killed by a white police officer to bring out the undercurrents of racism that are prevalent in our society. And nothing like a sham of a grand jury decision and the ensuing riots by a few bad apples to stir up the racists once again. But I’m not here to complain about that. I’m here to tell you that things will and are getting better.
I volunteer for an organization that provides lodging for children and their families when the children are in the hospital. One of the things that we do for the children is bring them to this big old toy room and let them pick a toy of their choosing. My last time there, I let a white girl who was about eight or so into the toy room and let her rummage around. She came back to me a few minutes later and said that she couldn’t reach the toy that she wanted. I went in to help her and she pointed up to the top shelf where there was perched a princess doll still in all of its packaging. I reach up to grab it and I ask, “This one?”, and she nods so I grab it down from the shelf and hand it to her. She looks at it momentarily says, “Thank you!”, and walks away.
The doll was black.
And just like that, a one minute interaction with an eight year old girl has renewed my hope that things will get better.