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Cordova, TN; May 21, in the year of our Lord 2018--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is touching on a controversial topic that must be brought into the light of day. I was raised by parents who strongly believe in what Martin Luther King Jr taught. He said: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This is how I live my life. I do not judge based on appearances. I judge by actions and deeds. I judge by what people say and how they keep their word or break their word. We have raised our boys to be the same way. Sadly we are one of the few families to do that here in Memphis. I have been shocked at how experience after experience with the black community has shown they follow the exact opposite principal.

Our boys are constantly judged at school by the color of their skin. They are treated like third class citizens by their black classmates. They are immediately judged to be a certain way based only on the color of their skin. When I had a day job at First TN Bank I experienced the exact same kind of racism. I am polite and respectful to everyone. No matter what job title you have. I treat the janitor the same way I treat the CEO. I noticed black people would talk to black people, and completely ignore white people. I scientifically tested this and would be polite and say hello to everyone no matter their race. The reaction was shocking to me. They would ignore me and say hello to the black person right behind me. Usually there was some racial slur insulting me. This is how my kindness was responded to.

I was waiting in line at a Kroger gas station to pay at the booth. There was a black lady in front of me, and behind me. The lady in front of me was large, and blocked the view of the tray where money is put in to pay. She got in an argument with the teller about whether she put the money in the tray or not. She turns around and expects me to affirm her story. I could not see. The lady behind me could not see. I told her I could not see. The lady behind me said she saw her put it in there. The money had been put under the tray by the lady by mistake. She immediately claimed the teller and I were being racist. She put the money in the wrong place, where I could not see and calls me racist for her mistake? There is such a rush to pull out the race card in Memphis that they discredit any real racism. Plus the racism coming from them is not making things better. It is making things worse.

I had to walk by that lady to pump my gas. She was going on and on about how racist it was that someone who could not see, did not back up her story. I deal in truth. She was also going on and on about how the teller was trying to steal her money. Even though she made the mistake. Yes the teller was white, and was being called a racist by this lady as well. This is Memphis for you. Racism is alive in Memphis. Maybe not where you expected to find it though. I am part Cherokee which gives me a diverse perspective on this topic.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming

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