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Monday, January 19, 2004
"Will our Society ever be Color-Free?" I've had countless conversations on this issue. Today being the day we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and leading up to Black History Month, makes me wonder even more.

In this day and time, we shouldn't be dealing with racial issues, but we are.

In this day and time, our children should be free to live in a society that will accept them on their merits, not the color of their skin.

Whether you're Black, Hispanic, White, shouldn't matter. What should matter is your character? How can we develop the character of our kids if we're always having to explain the ignorance and hatred of some people's actions?

Do you think our society will ever be color-free? Email me at and let me know your thoughts.

To add some food for thought, here's a poem I wrote on the subject.

© 2003 by Shelia M. Goss

The color of my skin shouldn't define me
Because when I go out of this country,
American is all they see.

My Brown-sugar, Caramel, Ebony, Hershey-chocolate,
Mahogany, Mocha, Vanilla complexion
Is only an outer shell.
You have to dig Deeper,
If you want to know
What's embedded in my mind.

My skin color might hint to my Races
Past struggles and pain,
But don't lose the fact that we're
Individuals and not all the same.

One day I hope we can all
Be one big happy family
In the meantime, I'll leave a legacy
To the younger generation.

Show by example on how to get through
Life's complications.
I will teach them how to love
Through my own interactions.

I will show them how to give
And not wait for someone's reaction.
I will encourage them to dream and not
Let society dictate who they can be.

I will show them the benefit of believing in
Oneself, but most of all in a Higher Being.

I hope to see the manifestation of my vision
A society that's COLOR-FREE.

Until Next Time,

Peace and Love,


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