Adam

Adam Porter, Huntsville, AL, Age 35

Adam Porter, Huntsville, AL, Age 35

“My niece is 11-years-old. She was living with her mother for multiple years until she was taken by the State. My father and Step-Mother take care of her now. She’s starting back school in the next couple weeks… she’s going to have a nice adjustment from Public School to Catholic School. My niece is a very, very mellow kid. She’s very thankful. She’s gone a long time with having nothing. She can CRUSH some biscuits and gravy, that’s for sure. But, I think a lot of that has to do with the environment that she’s come up in…. Her mother has had some issues, so she had to do without, but she’s made a way. I think that makes her a bit more meek. There is some defiance there, it’s definitely a Porter trait, you know, and I would love to see that develop and grow while she’s with my father. You see, it never made a difference to me [that she was part-Black]. My Dad, you know, with the environment that he grew up in, with the town he grew up in (with there not being a large African-American population) his outlook is very different than mine was. My Dad was like, you know, “I love her to death”, but he’s coming from a perspective where a person of mixed decent was a detriment. He’s like, “I can’t believe your sister did that to her.” And you know, things have changed, like it’s different. Like, with the idea that Black Lives Matter, there’s an understood “too” there. That’s the point. It’s that Black lives matter as well. And the only way we’ll see [acceptance] work is if we can see that. Humanity finds a way to separate instead of unify. And until we get to unification, [racism] will always be here. You know, instead of just being like, you know, he’s got two eyes, a nose and a mouth. We won’t just let us be what we are.”