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Who Is The Right?

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I must admit that while reading chapters 35 – 38 of the Same Kind of Different as Me, stomach in knots, bells going on off in my mind, fingers clinched above the keyboard of my laptop, sitting on the proverbial edge of my seat, I needed a happy ending. I needed Denver to make it. I placed the dignity of all African Americans on Denver’s shoulders - the very act that irritates me when others are so bold to make unsuspecting individuals the savior of our race, e.g. Muhammad Ali, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack Obama to name a few. I am not minimalizing the hard truth that people of color have been mistreated to the point of hardly having a sense of self-worth. However, there comes a time when one must take responsibility for one’s own life and…show more content…
But I cannot. I wish I could say that I assumed nothing as I approached Same Kind of Different as Me, but I cannot. I surreptitiously placed Ron Hall’s motives for helping Denver under a microscope. While I did not want Ron to be disappointed in Denver in any way, I also felt a twinge of resentment for the opportunity Ron presented to Denver. The story, in the beginning, felt like a set up. All of these thoughts and feelings are clear indications to me of having not arrived to a place of unconditional love for everyone regardless of race, religion, sex, or creed. I have conditions. I need to know that one’s motives are pure, that African Americans are not viewed as lazy, drug-addicted, sloughs, and that power and influence are not used as a way to make the one with power feel more powerful. Yes, I have conditions, and I am not proud of them. As one called to mission, my job is only to give and not to judge. Same Kind of Different as Me is an impactful example of the appropriate response to one in need. Despite my misgivings and distrust of Denver working with Ron, I also find myself deeply admiring Ron for his level of faith and trust in a man who has nothing, not even a driver’s license. Ron’s use of his influence to help Denver get his license reinstated allowed me to relax. That act helped me to see Ron in a more positive light. With
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