The color of one's skin is irrelevant. We're all the same.
America is striated with cultures, but they are, in the end, combined in the
"melting pot." I have always believed, without hesitation or effort, that these
statements and the ideas behind them are true. Blissful innocence? Perhaps. Is
there anything wrong with these ideas? Maybe not. But are they realistic - are
they possible amidst the intricacy of human families and their individual and
collective histories and cultures? After reading Ta-Nehisi Coates's memoir,
The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood,
I can not be sure that my own breezy confidence in the sameness of us all was
not in some part a poor substitute for a more rational understanding of our
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