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Society’s Child

Thank you, Roxanne, for your ever insightful, ever compassionate commentary. I was born in the sixties, and as I grew up, I also thought race issues were behind us–or at least behind us here in Canada. The video at the end of the blog post here is essential viewing. We all have an obligation to speak out against racism and bullying of any kind.

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by Roxanne Tellier

Kids really know how to push their parent’s buttons. As a smart-ass teenager in the sixties, I pushed quite a few myself. At one family dinner, while I silently pondered the lyrics to Janis Ian’s song, Society’s Child, I suddenly announced to the table, “I’d marry a black man, if I was in love with him.”

BOOM!

It was 1965. Only a few years had passed since the United States had begun desegregating schools, and we were still three years away from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Although talk of civil rights was rife, it was far off and far away. Still, you’d think I’d have known that bringing up interracial integration wasn’t really going to enhance our dinner conversation, especially when one of the people at the table was a redneck from Alberta. But it was the sixties, and everything was…

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