I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago at a time when our community worked extra hard to be racially and ethnically diverse on purpose. Our small community was also nationally recognized for its racial diversity. I recall thinking that it was so incredible to be around so many different kinds of people! Our school pictures looked like a rainbow! There were black, white, Latino, Filipino, Asian and Native American students in all of my graduating classes. We played together, fought one another (as kids will do) but we also fiercely defended one another if necessary… It didn’t matter your ethnic or racial background… If you were from our community or from our high school we we were family.