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  •  I liked your diary. Soledad O'Brien (12+ / 0-)

    Tells this story of being confronted by a white man who asked her, as a 9 y.o. child, whether she was black or white. The precocious Soledad asked the man how would her answer make him think differently of her. That blew me away.

    I've always said that a integral part of being black in America is when your child must confront it and you have to explain it. It is heartbreaking because you just want them to be innocent and carefree and have their childhood. In ways I think it is worse for black girls as they learn quickly that they will never attain the 'beauty' ideal that they are submerged in (I was one of those little girls, like Whoopie, that played with a pillowcase for hair).

    The Pike County folks aren't alone in their assessment that it is too 'hard' being black. As Chris Rock points out, with all of his money, there is not a white man who would want to trade places with him.

    "I feel like I'm still waiting to meet my true self. I'm assuming it's gonna be in a dark alley and there's gonna be a fight." ---Rachel Maddow

    by never forget 2000 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:58:15 PM PST

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    •  The South African jazz pianist... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...Chris McGregor was white.  He kept getting hassled by the police for playing gigs with black musicians.

      Finally he went to the government office and demanded to be reclassified as black.

      Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

      by WarrenS on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 06:26:49 AM PST

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