“I feel that we as Americans are all equal and held together by a common thread. Like a treasured beaded necklace of different colors held together on a string, we are held together by our necessities and our circumstances and our humanity. Every color helps to make the necklace beautiful. We can never be a totally separate entity! Americans of all colors are so integrated that if we hurt one, we hurt all. Just like that necklace of treasured beads, leave one out and the gap is seen. Break the chain and many of us are lost.”
I believe in America and its ability to evolve. I believe the incident with Dr. Gates and the police officer was definitely a teaching moment and shed light on emotions held in check by all races. I applaud the woman who reported the possible break in. Way to look out for your neighbor. Those who have never had to deal with racism may never truly understand the hurt in our spirit just as we are sometimes unable to accept or trust the white flag waved in our faces. We spend our days playing hopscotch or hide and seek with our true feelings it is a wonder frustration has not burst out all over. I feel the problem continues because we do not know each other’s histories or how close we are tied together. How can ‘they’ know ‘us’ when we as Americans are only celebrated once a year? How can ‘we’ know ‘them’ when they are applauded everyday and we sit to the back (mentally) and wish? Why can’t we celebrate African Americans or better yet, all Americans every day of the week? The novel Beads on a String-America’s Racially Intertwined Biographical History is America’s first interracial history book. It is the first and only book to bring America's great melting pot of ethnicity together within one binding and tells their story of how individuals of different races contributed to America. It will be a great asset to the educational system as well as in the lives of people of the world. It has been long awaited.