North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


May 8, 2013

Danielle Cater: Judge by character, not by skin tone

COMMENTARY — Let’s tackle a tough issue this week. Let’s talk about race. A song I use to be quite fond of during high school said, “Pardon me, your epidermis is showing, sir. I couldn’t help but note your shade of melanin.” And that just about sums up how most people look at the race issue. We feel as though others, or ourselves, need to apologize for the color of their skin. If you didn’t choose your skin color, then I suppose that an omnipotent God decided to bless you with the color you were poured into and you should probably be quite happy with the skin you are in.

If you look around our local communities, you will be blessed to see people of all races. There are black, white, Asian, Hispanic and Indians all right here at our back door.

Last week we had a missionary from India come and stay with our family for a few weeks, and it is always a treat to learn from different cultures. He even prepared an authentic Indian dinner one night and we ate with our fingers just like they do in India. Of course, this only lasted about 10 minutes for me because I’d rather get to the food than enjoy the culture.

But one thing that I did notice about having someone from India on board with the weekly activities is that people really don’t seem very racist around here. Everyone acted like it was no big deal to be waiting on or serving an Indian who speaks broken English and is clearly out of his element.

When we took Suresh, our Indian friend, to the Sno Shack, the elderly gentleman who runs the joint made a quick point to talk with Suresh about a friend of his from India. It seems like instead of trying to alienate the foreigner, people tried very hard to identify with him and find a common thread so that they could get to know him better. I feel like this is probably what we have really struggled for in the issue of race. Not that people would be set apart because of the color of their skin, but that they would be accepted for who they are instead of what they look like.

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    When I started working for the newspaper 10 years ago, no one asked me why I did it. It was a good career move and I wanted to be a professional; I wanted to move up in the world.
    But as time went on and people started offering me other jobs, I stayed true to my position as office manager of the North Jefferson News. It’s become a part of my being. Just about anyone who knows me, knows that I work for the newspaper. They usually don’t have a clue as to what I actually do here, but they know that if they need me, I can be reached at the newspaper office.

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  • Danielle Cater: Funeral reflects one man’s life

    We will all be lying in the front of a church or funeral home one day and I don’t want everyone wondering where my soul is. I don’t want them weeping for my loss. I want them having a Holy Ghost party and preaching the gospel to my family and friends.

    August 11, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: New school year hard on moms

    Did any other parents spend the entire last week of summer trying to fit in a whole summer’s worth of activities?

    August 11, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: New school year hard on mom

    Did any other parents spend the entire last week of summer trying to fit in a whole summer’s worth of activities? There were so many things that we wanted to do with our daughters before school started back and they all seemed to get put off until the very last minute.

    August 6, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: People, not things, make life exciting

    Another year of life has come and gone and as I wave goodbye to the 33rd year of my life, I warmly embrace the start of my 34th year of existence.
    I’ve often said that one shouldn’t be ashamed of their age; getting older sure beats the alternative.

    August 4, 2014

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    They say what goes in is what comes out. I’ve heard it said, “Garbage in, garbage out.” There’s a lot of truth to that statement right there.

    July 28, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Bass fishing is just in my blood

    I was born the daughter of a fisherman. My dad was the pastor of a local church and the manager at various Jefferson County Waste Water Treatment plants, but anyone who knows him, knows he is a fisherman at heart.

    July 21, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Making memories not that hard

    Do you spoil your kids? Do you spend enough on them? What really matters when it comes to the well-being of your children? These questions are real doozies and I think the answers vary according to the family.

    July 9, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Graduation leads to hard decisions

    The caps and gowns are ordered, the invitations have been mailed. Checks are being written all across the country, it must be graduation time.

    May 29, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Longevity in marriage still possible

    I have officially seen it with my own eyes. I have witnessed it with my own life. Yes, I have seen a couple who has been married 60 years and still love each other. Even more than that, they still respect each other and still genuinely love to be around each other.

    May 27, 2014