When Traveling Conflicts With History Repeating Itself | My Family Travels
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      "White's Only". You may say that most fifteen year olds would not fully understand what that meant as you passed a sign that had those two words on it. As I was growing up, my mother would tell me about the horrible experiences her and her family would go through just to make it in Mississippi. From research, Mississippi is one of the top racist states, even today. Traveling from California to Mississippi is such a beautiful, sightseeing road trip, however, there are still places that have old signs that said, "White's Only" or "Colored Only".  Even though there is much racism in society, I would hope the signs are still there to show travelers and other people the treatment that many colored people went through years ago having to go to different places to be waited on, to the bathroom, and anything else they had to do.

          Passing by that sign not only made me remember about all the movies I've seen including Mississippi Burning, but it also brought great sadness to me. To be treated different from everyone else because you are not a certain skin color  is a horrible feeling and also not being accepted for who you are and what God made you to be. Personally, I have not been through any situation or circumstance compared to what blacks went through before the Civil Rights Movement. My mother, grandma, and grandfather, who are all colored, have had bad experiences with racism, but overcame it  by still accepting who they are. 

            Mississippi is probably not one of those "I have to go" places most people would want to go to, but I would like everyone that has the opportunity to travel to drive around the cities in Mississippi. A lot of history was made and I would want people to see the different places where the lynchings and killings took place at. I know every culture has experienced some sort of discrimination and prejudice, but I would like for people to deeply and truly understand the brutal experiences thousands of people had to go through for freedom. I want people to understand the reason why you now see a white woman and a black woman as best friends walking down the street or taking pictures at the beach on their free time or on vacation. 

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