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Bused

1965 -- Jacksonville, Florida -- Caucasian

When I was 11, I was bused to a 6th grade center as part of desegregation. I was one of two white children in my class, and it was a horrible year for me. During this year the movie "Roots" was also released, and it became normal for me to be harassed because I was white -- so I obviously had a hand in the abuse of slaves. I would run away from school all the time and walk or hitch hike home. It was the worst year of my life that affected me greatly. I had not experienced people being treated differently because of their color before this time, and at the school I attended, all the white kids were made fun of and treated badly.