Happy New Year!
I’ve been a bit shy about blogging. Did I mention I was harassed on line and it scared me a little? Made me sort of reassess what I was putting out there, and I had to get over the self blaming for the incident, as well as the self loathing for allowing it to happen. Anyhow, I heard something this week that inspired me so very much. Franklin McClain was one of the original Greensboro Four. Well, right here is NPR’s transcript of what Mr. McClain said about it.
Mr. McClain passed away this week. He was only 73. What he said is something everyone in this country should know was a reality for African Americans, not so long ago. He said he knew he would leave there in handcuffs or in a box, i.e. he would be arrested or killed. Do people realize how dangerous it was (and sometimes still is) for African Americans just to go about their daily business?
One of the things that made my heart 3 times bigger was that during this incident they were refused service, which they expected. A little white lady approached them and they were expecting to be chastised. She whispered in a calm voice, boys, I’m so proud of you.
That really made me happy. It reminded me to appreciate my Mom because my Mom would do something like that. She was so instrumental in helping me open my mind about race in a divided south.
Mr. McClain said, “What I learned from that little incident was don’t you ever, ever stereotype anybody in this life until you at least experience them and have the opportunity to talk to them.”
I will always try to honor his words. Rest in peace, Mr. Franklin McCain.