Will our Babies be Free?

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  • In 1979, the median black wage was 82.5 percent of the white median.
  • Since then, the black median has barely budged—slipping to just 76.6 percent of the white median.
  • In 1967, the median black family income was 59.2 percent of the white median.
  • In 2012, the median black family income was 61.5 percent of white median income.

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My name is

Nicolette Johnston. I am a 22 year old white female and a full time worker and student. My boyfriend’s name is Terrance Koelsch. He is the son of Jason, a white male, and Diedre, a black female, high school sweethearts who have been happily married for over 20 years. They have a daughter and two sons, one of which I could not imagine my life without. He gets judged every day based simply on the color of his skin. Ignorant of the fact that he is the most handsome, kind, intelligent man I will ever meet, they worry me of the challenges we face as an interracial couple. Upon graduation Terrance hopes to become a police officer. I hope to get married and start a family. Yet I worry if the odds will be against my children. Will the color of their skin determine their future in today’s world? Who gets to decide whether my babies will be free?

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