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Mountain Nose

She didn’t think herself a racist. She’d had black school friends, worked with black women at the restaurant, and watched Oprah daily.

But when her seven-year-old, white daughter brought home a children’s book from the library featuring all black youngsters, she had to ask: Why? 

“’Cuz’ I can read all the words, Mama.”

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Mountain Nose

74-year old grandfather. Served with IVS, Vietnam, 1968-69 in II Corps/III Corps. Police-fire-court reporter for Holyoke (MA) Transcript. Editor for GTE NW "Newsworthy" paper. PA Officer (DAE) for FEMA, Region 10, 15 years. Member Poets West Society. Currently, substitute high school teacher, Everett, WA.

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