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Most of my life, racism seemed mostly a thing of the past, like systemic sexism. Of course there will always be racists—just as there are still sexists—but I have largely avoided both most of my life and have spoken out when I encounter either.

It's one of those things that simply seems inexplicably stupid to me.

Being a flaming ginger back in the days when being ginger wasn’t just uncool, but a serious negative—not only worthy of scorn but given as a legitimate reason to refuse to adopt a baby (truth)—color fixation always baffled me. How could color possibly be meaningful with regard to who a person really was? Shade? Tint? What? Makes no sense at all.

A number of years ago I encountered what I assumed would be a difficult racial issue. Instead, it was a garden variety weed my friend solved in about 10 seconds.

Sometimes the solutions are simple. Quick, direct, honest. Done.

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Alison Moore Smith is a 57-year-old entrepreneur. She has been (very happily) married to Samuel M. Smith for 36 years. They are the parents of six incredible children and the grandparents to one astounding ginger grandson.

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