Letter: What’s ahead for five boys

As a child of a father who was Jewish, many times in my life I thanked God that I was born i the USA. Had I been born in Germany, Poland or Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust, I would have been put to death because my value would have been seen as less because I was Jewish. I likely would have been separated from my family and moved to a death camp.

Even before the Holocaust, Jewish people were discriminated against. They were segregated, and even if they had accomplished skills or had obtained a higher education, none of that mattered. It wasn’t enough to keep them safely in their homes with their families.

George Floyd’s death has made me realize how privileged I have been being a white woman in the USA.

Today when I was walking the dogs, I saw five African-American boys riding their bikes. They looked to be around 10 or 11 years old. I felt so sad. I wondered what they have had to face because of their race. I wondered if their parents have to tell them what block to ride in to keep them safe. As a child I had the freedom to go exploring when I road my bike, just so I didn’t talk with strangers. I never had to fear I would be harmed because of the color of my skin.

I begin every day in prayer and I ask God to use me in any way he sees fit. I hope we can all open our eyes and see one another as his perfect creation. I want to believe those five boys I saw today have a good life to enjoy the freedoms I have had as a white child and white woman.

Black lives do matter.

Mary Wilkins, Lima


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