Testimonies

11-20-2017
“I’m a NY Latina who had the great fortune of growing up with Chinese, African American. German, Latina Americans, CAribbean folk, French, Irish, you name it and the rest of my life has been a disappointing racial and class nightmare. Continue your good work and when I finally get a chance to visit Atlanta one day, will give you a call, best wishes, Perla “

11-18-2017
Dear Cheryle Moses,
I hope you are doing well. I saw your information on TV about , “Come Meet A Black Person”. My heart was filled with unthinkable joy , my mind began to race with all the possibilities of, ” Can We Really All Just Get Along “. I grew up in a small town in Ga. where the train tracks divided the majority of one race and the other. Blacks on one side and Whites on another. In my graduating class of 1987 there were only 7 black students of the 410 white students that graduated that year. For the most part I didn’t really experience true racism until I started attending , continued education classes at Chattahoochee Technical Institute for Heating and Air Conditioning. Many jobs , training , and experiences later in life I now own my own business doing Appliance Repair Since 2004. When I started my business there were no Black Business Owners of Appliance Repair Business in an 80 mile radius of me at that time. I would often go to seminars put together by large manufacturing companies , in order to train technical individuals on how to repair units . Sometimes over 150 people and maybe 5 Blacks of which didn’t work as Owner of the Company but as a helper. I must say , since 2004 I’ve only had 2 incidents of blatant racism that I had to address in the most professional way as possible. My business takes me directly into a persons home . Just recently I was asked by an older gentleman if it would be ok if his Granddaughter touch me , ” Cause she’s never saw a ,(ummm black) well you know in real life before “. I apologized and said , I really need to look at what I’m here for the Diswasher , and I have other calls Sorry for the inconvenience. So when I heard about your meeting I was in emotionally charged with the mechanisms enabling flight mode , wanting to seek this new path of unity with one another. I was very happy and overwhelmed with the idea of this meeting. Please .. Please let me know when and where the next one will be, I will plan for it and be there . I love meeting new people of any race and I love helping people for a great cause. Hope to hear from you soon . — Dexter E. w/ANFL ,LLC.

11.17.2017
 Hi Cheryle,
I loved your idea – missed it on The View for some strange reason but just ran across the video on youtube today. You created a fantastic idea – and I hope you continue it!Back when the riots were happening I felt I had become trapped by accident in a white world – white folks at the office, and surrounded by white friends in my night time world of rock bands. I had lived in LA which in some ways felt more integrated in the early 80s for me. An LA Times writer who wrote a column suggested there was too much separation in LA and I heartily agreed – I wrote her about doing some sort of event for meeting people which I thought was a good idea just to get people together of all colors and walks of life – but I never heard back from her and I went on in my life, not pursuing that idea, though I did many other community events for different things.My life does not feel as separated from color as it once did, but I think all of us no matter who, get stuck in our worlds and if we don’t attend an organization or church (which many people don’t, I don’t!) they don’t mix it up with a variety of people in general.I sure appreciate you reading this email – topics of race/gender and equality is a personal focus of mine and I just felt like I wanted to shout out to you for your excellent idea and your execution of that idea! Also, I see we both know Christie Taylor, and that’s a beautiful thing. 🙂Best of luck on your journey, you have an excellent outlook and you are bringing people together which I think is so very important in an age of everyone hiding behind social media.

Best wishes,
Patria
(in Los Angeles) ❤

11-16-2017
I’m from Canada but read your article on your event. What a great idea. Good for you making such an initiative. I’m always talking about cultural clustering. It’s like being at a grade seven dance and no one mingles. So strange. I’m a musician so it’s easier for me to meet different cultures and make friends. But I can totally understand the nervous difficulty people have with one another. I can also understand how it makes people tense. Like they get upset because it feels like they aren’t allowed in one another groups and so assumes the worse when in truth everyone is actually just really cool people. Either way. Good for you being a leader and taking initiative. Hopefully you will accept my friend request. I would like to follow your journey and see how it unfolds. And it also fun to meet people across the globe and shrink the planet.

11-16-2017
Hello Ms. Moses. I was so happy to see your project on The View! I have been wanting to get involved for a long time now, but haven’t been able to find any information. I am white, but I want to do what I can to try to help people realize we are all equal and should have the same rights and respect. I live in Port Huron, MI, just about an hour from Detroit.

11-15-2017
Hi, Cheryle. Hope you don’t mind that I looked you up. It seems your Come Meet a Black Person article is really taking off since it made it to my feed. It inspired me to share with you that I actually uprooted my family from a small Mormon town in Utah to come to Atlanta when I realized my little daughter would be growing up in an all-white county where prejudice abounded and ignorance was literally perpetual. The thought of my own children missing out on a whole race and culture and even fearing it made it impossible for me to settle there. I could go on in detail, but anyway, just wanted to send words of encouragement. This event has been a long time coming 🙂

11-15-2017
Well Cheryle Moses, Doug Criss and Amber Ferguson Dawn, we live in a world where both black and white are friends of their own race. BUT we also live in a world where both black and white are very good friends, lots of them hang out with one another. So it goes both ways in this country, both exits, no matter the percentage of it. We all need to come together as people and stop the dislike for another, at least some need to, not all.

11-15-2017
Cheryle My name is Sean Fry. I read about you today and you are the kind of person I would choose to be friends with. Best Regards.

11-15-2017
I saw you on the news. Maybe you’d be, or maybe you wouldn’t be surprised exactly how many black people I know, and love 💜

Hoping you’ll have events after the holidays.

 

Haha thanks for the angel hug. I live Dacula / Buford area. Yes I’d love to talk soon. I’d like to discuss what “white people” would think about some of your posts, even your comment about “only white people can fix racism” I won’t get into that right now, gotta get ready for work, then heading out of town. But yes, will love chatting, maybe even one on one lunch one day. I love all people….at least I try, even people who’ve harmed me….hate caused illness and only hurts the person carrying it. Happy Thanksgiving pretty lady. And so glad the event went well.

 

Cheryle’s response: Hello Dixie — my 75%er. Loving you. The event last night was awesome! I am not surprised at your love for all people regardless of color. That’s your energy. I am going to make an announcement about touring the country with the event starting in California in January 2018. Where are you located? Let’s put your place on the schedule. Let’s talk soon Dixie and much love to you and your family during the holidays. I look forward to meeting you! I am sending one of my angels to give you a huge hug!

 

Haha thanks for the angel hug. I live Dacula / Buford area. Yes I’d love to talk soon. I’d like to discuss what “white people” would think about some of your posts, even your comment about “only white people can fix racism” I won’t get into that right now, gotta get ready for work, then heading out of town. But yes, will love chatting, maybe even one on one lunch one day. I love all people….at least I try, even people who’ve harmed me….hate caused illness and only hurts the person carrying it. Happy Thanksgiving pretty lady. And so glad the event went well.

11.15.2017
I read the article in the Washington Post online and wish you the best of luck on your event “Come meet a black person”. This is such a creative way to look outside the box. — Bobbi, Astoria, Oregon