I met Kiss mickey mouse shirt in high school. He was a year older than me, went to a different school, and was dating my best friend. Their relationship didn’t last, but our friendship did. I always told everyone he was my big brother and he very much looked after me as if we were family.
The Mickey Mouse shirt you see Johnnie wearing in the photo is mine. Johnnie was a local track star and at a track meet one day, I made him trade shirts with me for good luck.
Kiss mickey mouse shirt, hoodie, sweater and v-neck t-shirt
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He continued to wear my Kiss mickey mouse shirt because it always made me giggle when he did. He would often do things to make others smile. For whatever reason I became the target of some very cruel and aggressive behavior from some classmates who weren’t okay with the fact that I had friends of color. I even remember some teachers looking the other way during the attacks. I talked to my pastor about it one day at church trying to make sense out of all of it. That any anger or hostility in return wouldn’t solve anything. That only kindness and love can combat fear and hate.
One day after several months of enduring this, I shared what was happening with Johnnie. I was so upset at the horrible things they were saying about him and my other friends, but didn’t really know how to handle it. I pretty much just ignored it and carried about my day at school. I will never forget what Johnnie said. Full of compassion, he turned to me and said that maybe someone of color had treated them unkindly and they assumed all were like that. Maybe they were raised that way.