Eleven years ago when Mr. LC and I were out looking for homes to buy we had one thing in mind, a good school district for our baby, and a home we could afford. We found ourselves in the town of Dewitt, NY. The Jamesville-Dewitt school district, we were told, is one of the best in the area. Other than the fact that our baseball facilities leave much to be desired I couldn’t agree more.
This is a nice community on the outskirts of the city of Syracuse. But we don’t have all of the crime that riddles Syracuse, and we have a pretty diverse population. At least that’s what I’ve noticed when it comes to who my kids have decided to become friends with.
We now have two boys. The older one is 12. This past year he met his first girlfriend. She is a cute little African-American girl. They ended up breaking up, but it had nothing to do with skin color, my son just realized that he was too young to be dating. He has friends of all different heritages – African, Mexican, European, South American, Asian, Muslim – you name it and he’s got a friend from somewhere. Same thing goes with his little brother. While there may be more white people in our community, everyone is welcome and our elementary and middle school aged kids don’t even notice skin color. They just seem to choose their friends based on common interests.
I would like to think that the friends my kids have now will still be their friends as they go on through high school and then into their adult years. They’re still young and color blind. I hope they stay that way, and that their friends do, too.
The only reason I mention any of this is that there’s a lot of racial division these days, and I guess I want to just note that it isn’t happening in every community.
Oh, and hey, if you’re a black parent living in a city with sub-standard schools, look into finding a way to move to the suburbs. Chances are you will be welcomed with open arms.
Update: Obviously, every community isn’t like mine. (Beware that when you click on that link you will be assaulted by auto-play.) I have to say, those auto-play videos are enough to drive anyone to violence, regardless of race.
Update 2: I should also point out that the race hustlers hate communities like mine, so they go out of their way to stir up division. Heaven forbid we all just get along.