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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: White (10/29/09)

TITLE: WHITE (ii)
By Susan Orpilla
11/03/09


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White. My first thought is of purity and innocence. Next, this (mostly) blank page I am staring at thinking what am I possibly going to write about white other than the obvious. White, a color associated with purity and cleanness. Godliness, the Lord washing us clean as snow… Isn’t that what everyone thinks about when they think about the word white?

Then a deeper thought comes to me. No, this is not what everyone thinks about when they think about the word white, me and my shallow first thoughts about white, the color white. For some, it is a hated and a dread. They think of how they are treated by white, how those they love have been treated by white. Who am I, white, to even say or write how they have been treated or how they feel about white but I have known hate in my life. I have known what it is like to be prejudged on how you are just because of how you look, how you talk, or where you come from --- both good and bad. Sometimes it has been good – the white girl from the North who knows how to get things done. Sometimes it has been bad, the white girl from the states, coming in here saying “Hi” like she should belong; white girl with her shorts so high and shirt off one shoulder disrespecting our island. White girl came in wearing a skirt below her knee and said “Good Evening” instead of her usual “Hi!” today; maybe white girl is learning (as I received a smile and a nod instead of being ignored like I usually was).

White. For me it is a symbol of purity, love, wholeness for the grace and mercy shown to me by my Savior. However, it is also a symbol of what I have learned through the eyes of those looking at me as white.


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Sunny Loomis 11/10/09
Glad you brought out some of life's lessons about what others see. Keep writing.
Marie Fink11/11/09
This is an interesting way to portray prejudice. In the end the symbols you chose for white are good and righteous.