The tragic murder of Trayvon Martin has certainly brought the race issue to the forefront. I am sure I have prejudices. But the thing is they have little or no control of my feelings and certainly not the way I treat and feel about other people regardless of the differences between us.
I grew up in a household where no bigot joke was ever told and no person different from my family was ever mistreated.
My grandfather and two of my great grandfathers were ministers. They didn’t preach to me about bigotry because bigotry had no place in our lives. We never saw color or any other difference between people with whom we dealt.
I take no pride nor do I want to be recognized for my lack of bigotry. I will tell you this – it makes my life much better and it has allowed me to make friends and business associates with a great number of people whose views, color, background and upbringing are far different from mine. Each of these people who have been different from me has brought much to my life.