By Manny Mora, Worthington
When I came to Worthington, I heard a lot about there being racism here. My experience here has been totally the opposite.
I’m Mexcan-American, and 98 percent of my friends now are white people. I feel like most white people get targeted, or labeled, before an effort is really made to get to know them.
It’s said that it’s not California without Mexicans, and not Texas without Mexicans. But it’s also not the United States without white people. Why don’t we all just try to understand each other? The tension is there - not for me, but for a lot of other people. But if we try to understand others, they might try to understand us. If I would have tried to understand my Asian stepsons, my family wouldn’t be hurting right now.
I came from El Paso, Texas and I’ve been here 10 years, and my experience has been awesome. If this town is so racist, then why would I have stayed here this long? I’m also thankful to the police and their families. Our small-town cops have the cleanest town I’ve seen, and they treat me like a regular citizen. I also want to thank Hy-Vee for the opportunity to work there regardless of my past and for being there for me in hard times, and to thank my wife for helping me become the man I am today.
Worthington has been like a second chance for people like me. I am thankful to call this community home.