Bastrop County Courthouse Confederate Monument

I Grew Up

It is time for America to grow up and leave its racist past behind

I grew up in an all-white community in northern Michigan. I distinctly remember seeing my first black person who was visiting our church. I was probably about 10 years old, which would have been in the early-1970s, and I remember looking at him in wonder. In the early 1980s, one of the young women from the town joined the military and…