Martha White is a volunteer who works with many organizations to improve her community. She is a mother, a grandmother and an advocate. 

“This issue of racism isn’t about me anymore. I’ve already experienced many injustices. For me, it’s about my family, friends, community, and our future. I especially hope that my granddaughter can live a life free of racism and negativity. Racism is the oldest form of bullying, and despite making some progress over the years, it remains a large problem in our society.

Words are so powerful and can be very hurtful when used against one another. Sometimes people have no intention of being hurtful, but the assumptions they make are just that.

Often times, when I meet someone for the first time, the second question they ask me is where I am from. I am a fourth generation American, yet just because my skin is a little darker and because I am Hispanic, people assume that I was born in Mexico.

At the expense of other people, some people don’t understand that their questions are hurtful.

I’m holding out the hope that we can reach those who need help understanding. It can be explained like this: we are like eggs, the outer shells may be different colors, but at the end of the day we all are the same inside.

We all deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of the color of our skin. It is a simple thing to be kind, yet it is seemingly very difficult for some people.”

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