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There is a Window…

Here is the challenge that you, I, we face.

There is a window.  And there are certain people, populations, identities who control access through that window.  Notice I said “through” and not “to.”  Many of us got “to” that window.  Very few are welcomed “through.”

So let us go back to the concept of the window.  There are certain behaviors, some subtle, some clearly articulated, that you (whoever “you” is) have to enact to be allowed through that window.

At this time in our history, one of those persistent behaviors is “color.”

There are others.  But that is one behavior that has, as yet, been resistant to shifts in place and time.

Cultures, both social and ethnic, are not blind to this.

As a young man from the Dominican Republic, I fully understand that there is potential (not certainty) if I demonstrate a high level of competence in baseball.

As a young man from the challenged areas of Brasil, I fully understand that there is potential (not certainty) if I demonstrate a high level of competence in soccer.

As a young man from the challenged areas of North America, I fully understand that there is potential (not certainty) if I demonstrate a high level of competence in basketball, or  football.

There is a window, and certain groups control access to and through that window. The question becomes: What are you willing to do, to give up, to reject of yourself, in order to (hope to) be offered access to, or through that window?

The greatest challenge is – control of that access port!!

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