Character, not skin color, leads to success

I find the statement and the people uttering “white privilege” tiresome.

I find the statement and the people uttering “white privilege” tiresome. According to the aforementioned, my family and I are to be chastised for our parentage – isn’t that patent racism and/or bigotry?

If white privilege is the following, I am guilty.

• Came from a home with parents who remained married for 60-plus years and raised seven children;

• Parents living on a farm, went through bankruptcy and scrabbled out a living on a 1895 homestead;

• Tilled an acre of vegetables and fruits with a horse, raised beef, dairy, hogs, chickens for food;

• Worked from sunup to sundown tilling, seeding, harvesting, butchering, canning, tending animals;

• A home that cared for less fortunate relatives and neighbors sharing produce, time and energies in times of need;

• Parents who exemplified work ethics and disciplines while demanding as much from their children which led to self-sustaining independence;

• Parents whose home emphasized the importance of prayer and a greater power than any government program.

Try a I might, I cannot see what race has to do with any of the above. The successful journey from cradle to grave has much to do with character not skin color.

George Terhaar

Enumclaw

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