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Will they ask me or assume?

Hillary Buren, Kansas City, MO. As a biracial women growing up in am almost entirely white community I have adapted to addressing my racial ambiguity (I am most commonly mistaken as Hispanic but even have been confused for as Indian) and usually I resort to humor when it comes to this topic. However it never […]

Why ask, when leaves glisten gold.

Lauralee Coady, Washington, DC. Georgetown Day School In the gym, step forward if you are white, back if you are black. A diversity lesson, well intended. Alas, one best friend forward, the other back. In public. One raged for the other who took it in stride.

I don’t know, I’ll ask him

Mary Garris Lakeland, FL This was the response when I asked my son if his new friend in Kindergarten was a little black boy. He didn’t even know what I meant. When I tried to explain – he declared that he wasn’t white, he was pink. Prejudice is taught, not inherent in us.

I didn’t ask to be white!

Molly Hilton Troy, MI If skin color is the simply the product of birth, then why do I inherit the guilt associated with being white? I moved to Detroit at the age of 42. This is the most segregated region in the country. Why? Why are white people so hated here? I try to be […]