Wise words from Dr. Judy Washington.
“Many white Americans of good will have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation. They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice”. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Why we can’t Wait, 1964
My mother worked two jobs to support the three of us. She did refuse to clean houses. That was not where she saw herself day in and day out. She landed a job in an upscale boutique in a wealthy section of Birmingham.
I learned early in my life about racism and sexism and how it can hold a family back. When I applied for summer jobs, they were always filled. The jobs in fast food restaurants that paid well went to white students and the openings in our community were filled. So, I was a camp counselor for free, taught vacation bible school and did a summer science program.
I have never made a comparable salary…
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