Before I Understood
When I was about 3 or 4 a new family moved in next door and they had a little girl about my age. She and I hit it off almost immediately and she was my best friend for about 4 or 5 years. But her mom didn't approve because I am white and they were black. My friend wasn't allowed to come over very often even though she she live right next door and she was not allowed to come into our house at all. My friend was traditionally mad at me once a year at her birthday because I never would come to her birthday parties, of course I was never invited. The only time I did go to her birthday was the first one she had after she moved in, it was the only one her parents ever had at their house. The only reason I knew to go was because she had invited me herself, and yes I was the only white person there. I was sent home early, her mom said the party was over and everyone was going home, which I thought was odd because she hadn't opened her presents or anything yet. Of course the party continued long after I was gone. After that she never had a party at her houde again they were always at other places, and ususally the next day my friend would come over and tell me that she didn't want to be my friend anymore because I didn't go to her party. I would invite her every year to mine and my mom would tell her mom and her mom would always say that she would be there but then the morning of, they would go out and not come back till that evening. Being so young we didn't connect the dots or understand why we weren't allowed to hang out as much as we wanted but now I know and I don't blame my friend, but her mom had issues. It sucks that people can be so ignorant, no matter the color of skin all people are capable of giving and recieving racism and all people need to learn to accept people and look beyond the exterior of a person.