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Don’t judge a book by its cover

Written By: Terry Foster | January 19, 2015

Filed Under: Family, Life

I am really proud of my 15 year old daughter Celine. I wish she were a little cleaner around the house but she is positioning herself for a great ride in life.

She carries an above 4.0 grade point average, is in Model UN, wins most of her cases in teen court and is developed enough as a soccer player where about 15 smaller schools are already looking at her as a sophomore in high school. She is bright.

But she is also black and she cannot escape some of the back draft of skin color.

She was in a class and they were talking Shakespeare. The instructor did not know Celine. It was early in the school year and the instructor asked individuals to read passages from the book. When Celine’s turn came the instructor said “You don’t have to read if you don’t want to.”

“What do you mean,” she asked.

“You just don’t have to read if you don’t want to,” he said again.

Celine was the only black kid in the class and she was pretty upset. This is a girl that played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and was whispering lines to actors who forgot their lines. This is a girl who as kindergarten baby read a book to a second grader on Belle Isle. And this is a girl that has written a 181 page book that of course will probably never be published.

I bring you this story on Dr. Martin Luther King Day and I gave Celine a lecture telling her that she has a heavy burden to uphold. She represents black people and she represents women. And she must represent the groups well in addition to just being a great American human being.

It hurt her that someone assumed she was not smart because of skin color. My message today is you never know what is wrapped inside a package.

Celine read some passages from Shakespeare and did a wonderful job.

 

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