The sun was high and the temperature higher one fateful day in 1899. Six-year-old George Muse and his brother Willie Muse were working in the tobacco fields of Virginia. The brothers were different from the other black workers on the plantation. They were albinos whose light skin color made them stand out.
Before the world knew his name, a boy looked into the mirror and hated what he saw: a busted lip, a swollen jaw, and a black eye. It was painful, but not nearly as painful as the words that came with the beating. “Your lips are too fat and your nose is too flat. And your skin doesn’t match your brothers’. I’m trying to run a business here!”
Daryl Davis is a black man who has made a name for himself befriending white supremacists. Davis learned about racism at a young age. In 1968, the ten-year-old boy was marching in a Boy Scouts parade when people started throwing rocks and bottles at him. He thought that they must really hate the Boy Scouts until he realized none of the other boys was getting hit. Davis was the only black Boy Scout marching that day. When he got home, his parents explained that there were people in the world who hated him because of the color of his skin. From that day onward, he became fascinated with racism.
Do you shower every day? Most people do and think it would be crazy not to. We’ve all been a bit too close to a person who smells like they don’t bathe often enough. It isn’t pleasant.
It’s only within the past 100 years that people started bathing daily. Before that, most people showered or bathed only once a week. Image by: Bernal Saborio (CC BY-SA 2.0)
We all know that exercise and diet are very important for our health. However, another really important way to stay healthy is to get plenty of sunshine. When sunlight hits our skin, we turn it into Vitamin D. Vitamin D is super important for staying healthy. People who have low levels of Vitamin D have higher rates of illness, such as cancer, bone problems, heart disease, and even the common cold.