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How to Pass the Color Barrier

    • 1). Study minority success stories of the past. Read the story of Roberto Clemente, the first Hispanic American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Appreciate the narrative of Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win the Oscar. Familiarize yourself with Toni Morrison, Connie Chung, Sonia Sotomayor, and other distinguished minorities who have effectively broken through the barrier of race. Learning from the stories of their lives will lend your own experience perspective and resolve.

    • 2). Excel at your task. Pride yourself on hard work and dedication to your cause. Concentrate on amassing as much education as you can. Seek to earn distinction and acclaim for your efforts. People of all colors and persuasions take notice of individuals who strive to be the best they can. You may be rewarded for your passion and commitment.

    • 3). Acquaint yourself with many people, regardless of race or ethnicity. Encircle yourself with people who hold the same beliefs in success as you. Focus on helping those around you. Greeting people and letting your inner light shine is one way to encourage people to see you for you, not your skin tone. A positive attitude and passionate demeanor can thwart most stereotypes.

    • 4). Heed counsel from President Obama. His 2008 speech on racism specifically references African Americans, yet it can be applied to all minorities. The President encourages you to embrace the racial challenges of the past without letting them victimize you. Take responsibility for your own life. Do not lose heart or resort to cynicism. You author your own destiny -- believe that.

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