Though not at this restaurant chain, or any restaurant, this is a painful experience I remember vividly time and time again growing up in Indiana and once while working in Salt Lake. Don't misunderstand, not all hate, in Indiana, came from whites either. Almost every demographic had played a hand in shaping my world perspectives, with verbal and physical strife. Yet racial hate, from whites, was the only action that targeted "my existence." Among people of color the threat is usually due to jealousy or fictitious competition, craziness, but rarely due to supremacy.
So when people question my tempered nature it's not me being NICE, it's SPIRITUAL GROWTH, MATURITY, PEACE within, and even the gift of WISDOM. If not for the grace of God with what I've been through, never shared, and have grown from...
As for the child in the story, Maya Angelou said it best: "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I may forget details, but I have never forgotten how someone makes me feel - good or bad. Yet I've learned to channel my emotions into my art and further life growth. I make certain to always treat others as I want to be treated. What goes around ALWAYS comes around, and often three folds bigger than what you ditched out (good or bad). #lifelesson
The child will grow from this and his offender will always be small because what's done is like a stain that can never be washed away. It may fade over time with forgiveness and forgetfulness, but will always be there. And from my perspective, will remain until the moment in time when this adult will meet his maker.
Keven Porter Jr I invite your voice to be heard within the comment sections. Let’s have a discussion.
I hold a degree in theatrical arts and am a Los Angeles based actor under the SAG-AFTRA and AEA. I am in love with performing, I cherish the opportunity to create and grow with a character. As an artist my approach is to be a canvas to which a character can emerge and a director can fine tune. Like in music I am merely an instrument for the character to come to life. In addition to acting, I have produced eight independent music records within the genre of Pop/R&B. In my free time I am steadily working on screenplays and my urban fantasy fiction novel series.