by Karin Price, MSW, LCSW
I was a freshman in college, recently moved to the United States, and learning to do things the “American way”. Living overseas for most of my life put me at a cultural disadvantage. I was in the grocery store checkout line, watching the woman in front of me so I would know the “acceptable” checkout process. The woman in front of me was about my age, had the same amount of groceries and when she handed the store clerk her check to pay, the clerk asked her for ID. Then it was my turn. I handed the clerk my check and ID. The clerk said, “I don’t need to see your ID.” I knew something wasn’t right so, I said in a matter of fact voice, “Ma’am, if you needed to check hers, you also need to check mine.” The clerk’s face flushed with embarrassment while the woman, in front of me, turned, smiled and nodded a “Thank you”. The woman in front of me was African American. I am white.
As a young adult, I believed, “If I challenge injustice things will change.” I continue to oppose injustice. When we challenge injustice it makes a difference.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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