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The Great ‘O’

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Oprah Winfrey says old people should just die.

She told the BBC: “There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.”

My wife and I took newborn babies into our home from Catholic Charities prior to them being adopted after the nursery for babies of unwed mothers was closed. We had six newborn babies of mixed ethnicities pass through our caring home while raising our own. We treated each baby as our own through the feeding and diaper changing when diapers were not disposable.

A 4-month old boy named Joey came into our home from Catholic Charities after having been given up by the prior foster parents. He was African-American and instantly became our child in a Caucasian family.

Joey was not shunned in our family life, but treated no differently than other members. We lived in Park Ridge and attended Mary, Seat of Wisdom Catholic Church every Sunday. Everywhere we went as a family, Joey was with us. His care included visits to the doctor and corrective shoes attached to a bar worn daily so that he could walk normal later. He stayed with us through his first Christmas and first birthday before leaving our home with lots of gifts given by family.

What Oprah believes offends older people like me. Saying that in England offends Americans. America is more divided today than during our time with Joey.

Robert Meale


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