5 out of 5 stars
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True Colors by Mary Korte follows the life of Mary Korte, who was constantly abused by her stepmother and bullied in school. Her maltreatment made her frantically yearn and need to understand what a mother's affection genuinely feels like. In the fall of 1956, Mary was happy to learn that she would be staying with her father’s cousin, Martha, and her husband, who were childless. They both raised and treated her like the daughter they never had. Right from a young age, Mary realized that she had white privileges and was always uncomfortable about that fact. Uncomfortable with the notion of white supremacy bestowed on her, Mary takes us on a journey as she displays acts of acceptance in her everyday life, adopting "acceptance" as her skin color.
I have always wondered why children spoke pejoratively about people of color. Where did that knowledge come from? Then I realized that children are indeed very impressionable, and they tend to take what they learn from their parents and close friends at face value. They often lack the critical thinking skills to question or challenge the things they're told, and they tend to trust that the adults in their lives are telling them the truth. Unfortunately, this is how racism is passed down from generation to generation.
This book was interesting. I love how young Mary generally attempts to warm up to people of color in spite of being informed that, assuming she does so, nobody will talk with her. I also loved how older Mary strived to ensure that her workplace represented the diversity of the community. This book highlights how we should behave toward everyone. Mary was always ecstatic when a black family moved into the community. I learned new things from Mary, and just like she suggested in the last pages of her book, "we have to find a lens that filters out racism and showcases acceptance as our true color."
I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I really loved it, and I believe it will serve as an inspiration to many. Mary’s zeal to still want to attend college after almost 12 years of leaving high school will serve as a motivation not just to Americans but to anyone in the world. This book was exceptionally well edited, and I just had no negatives to note.
I recommend this book to high school students and adults.
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