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Short But Sweet Essay

1070 words - 5 pages

The face of the young African American fills my silvery blue eyes with tears. We met only earlier this year and had been going steady ever since, but in secret. It was the dream relationship, but there was one big problem. I am white and he was black or, in other words, we were a checkerboard couple. We loved each other to the moon and back and we had not one clue what the consequences of our forbidden love would be.

The first time we laid eyes on each other was this summer. We had lived in the same town for 10 years but had never seen nor associated with one another before because of our “differences”. July 17, 1955 was the first time I had ever spoken to a black boy and it ...view middle of the document...

There were so many places to look! Finally, after what seemed like years, I got into the park and started frantically looking for my companion. I was about to just split when I felt my heel sink into an unknown substance.

“Gosh Darn!” was what escaped my lips when I looked to see what I had stepped in. The sticky stuff was wet pavement and I am still embarrassed to this day about that. It was a real bringdown. This is where Emmett comes on the scene and the first thing he said to me was, “Need some help Dolly?” My pale cheeks turned bright red with embarrassment.

As my predominantly racist family had taught me, I immediately turned him down, kept my tomato red face hidden from his sight, and continued to fight with the concrete for my shoe. Being the gentleman that he was, he helped me anyway and took me to lunch nearby so that I didn't have to walk around on the hot asphalt without shoes (The concrete had won the battle).

At first, I was a little embarrassed to be seen associating with a colored boy, but after a while he had me laughing so hard that I didn't care a lick. We introduced ourselves but didn't shake hands because of our racial boundaries. He and I wound up talking and eating for nearly an hour before I announced that I had to go. I’ll never forget the way he looked at me when he said, “We’ll see each other again I suppose?” I proceeded to tell him that he was a very nice kid. In fact, he was the nicest negro I had ever met (mind you I hadn’t met many). Then i explained that my parents would skin me alive if they heard that I had even talked to him let alone seen him repeatedly. They were fully pro-segregation. Emmett returned my long and drawn out explanation with a simple shrug and a wink and I...

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