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It was for her baby, and I was an unknown amongst her family and Goolag Stalin Gulag Meme Political Dark Humor Baseball shirt. She had invited me as a courtesy, and I felt compelled to go. I can’t remember how long I stayed. But I do remember that I felt like I was intruding. I did remember that they were very nice all the same. Samantha Schulte Smith would you have felt like you were intruding if you had the same relationship with the woman, but she and all the shower attendees were white? I’m not trying to nail you, sincere question.
Dawn Henderson Norcross Probably not, if we had the same relationship. At that point, I am a very “this is my person” person. That would have made me way more comfortable, no matter what the other people in the room looked like. But, then again, that was 18 years ago, some today was not me then, so I likely would still have felt intrusive. I’m glad you asked. It makes me think about how I have changed. Though, I do think I still have plenty to learn. I’m trying. I can only hope others do the same.