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  • Like ripples in a pond. That’s what it is like. You know, you throw in a pebble into a still body of water and watch the concentric waves expand outward to infinity.

    

It’s incredible really. I do a simple thing like post a notice of my dissatisfaction with Facebook on my Facebook page. Then I posted a few anecdotal experiences of racial injustice in my little town. It was a form of protest, really. I had said that I was leaving Facebook, possibly for good, and wanted to leave behind a few “ugly truths”.

    

I told the story of a woman who was the only African-American in her high school class back in the 1940’s. To graduate her classmates had to swim in the high school’s pool. But she was told that she had to swim in a nearby creek. She had related the story to a group of women, mostly white, at a YWCA meeting a few years ago. She was in her late seventies then. She died a few years later.

    One of my Facebook friends knew the woman and had fond memories of her. But she was shocked at the alleged treatment that she received. My friend reposted my story which brought a flood of tender remembrances from her mutual friends. She thanked me.



    Another woman nominated me to be included in a mural in our town. I had been nominated before but the selection process is a lengthy one, and there are others who are much more deserving. 

My friend contacted the artist (who is world renowned) on Facebook. He responded by acknowledging that the committee had approved my inclusion and that my likeness would added in the fall!

    Incredible!

    Yep, there are some positive aspects to Facebook. But I am looking forward to a short hiatus. A vacation. A voluntary separation. A withdrawal. At least for 30 days, starting July 1, 2012.

    Drop a pebble into the water... See what happens. (I stirred the placid waters of indifference and ignorance by leaving a few parting shots of undeniable facts on Facebook. Incredible.)
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