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Missing those teachable moments


When I was four and just becoming aware of people outside my family, I began noticing our wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

One day I became curious about skin and asked mom why a woman nearby had black skin. Horrified, mom berated me for “hurting the feelings” of the woman, apologized and led me away.

Truthfully, I was genuinely interested in the color spectrum, possibly sensing I was a blend of several races, but I’d awkwardly stumbled into America’s defining cultural issue. I’ve always felt shame about that moment and have tried to avoid noticing skin color since.

Chris Schroder, The 100 Companies

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