Love, even for a fellow human being you do not know well, has the ability to conquer the ugliness and falsehood of racism.
As a child it was a challenge to embrace my heritage because I grew up in a small town occupied mainly by upper class caucasian citizens. Being so young, I had very little understanding of myself or the world, and felt as though I did not “fit in.”
As I matured I learned to gain more appreciation for my own roots and also other cultures. I cherish the values taught and examples given to me by my relatives. I admire their wisdom and traditions, and I hope never to loose it and to have the courage to share it with others.
Discovering more about my heritage has added much meaning and richness to my experience of life, and contributed to my own self-understanding as well.
The childhood picture I submitted was taken with my mother while at girl scout camp.