ON SUFFERING, FREEDOM AND BECOMING A U.S CITIZEN

I grew up in South Africa during the height of the apartheid regime.  I never really understood, at that time, what that kind of oppression actually meant for so many people in my country.  After all, I was white and middle class and still a child.  I never realized exactly WHY there were no people of color in my school, or on the beaches, or riding the bus or eating in the restaurants. It was just the way it was.  

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