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First Impressions Can Be WRONG!

It’s embarrassing to say, but I confess that this has happened to me more times than I count.

My first impression was WRONG!

Here is one indisputable example.

I am American and have lived in the USA all my life.  If you live in America and particularly if you are a black American (African-American, Negro, colored … I don’t know which box to check any more! LOL.) or rather a person of color (O.o), when you hear or see the word CONFEDERATE, you already have an expectation or an impression.

While browsing Instagram, I came across an account called confederatebooksquito.

My first reaction was to immediately turn off or turn away from it because .. well … it said CONFEDERATE.  In plain English, ‘Dem iz fightin’ words!

But I turned off MY reject button in my head and went to have a look.

Turns out it’s a bookstore in Ecuador that specializes in used books in English in South America.

WHAT????  I love used books!!

Look what I would have missed if I had followed my first WRONG impression!!

Bet this never happens to you, huh?

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#books in English and other foreign languages.

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  • Have you ever put your prejudices and fears aside and found out that you would have missed out on something awesome?

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  1. I totally agree with ‘confederate’ or ‘confederacy’ is really not that bad it is just a part of history we all live with from the past, the present, and even into the future.

  2. Other than name calling and hate speech, I always try to consider both sides. First impressions are often wrong!

    What a great and open example of how to be a better person. Thank you for honoring us with the lesson!!!


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