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‘Michael, You’re Black’: Coming to Terms With My Mixed Identity

Acknowledging my history helped me lower my family’s smoke screens

“Michael, you’re Black.”

This statement of sheer fact made me turn away in frustration and embarrassment. For 10 minutes, a Black girl in my class and I had engaged in a conversation about my ethnicity — a topic I eagerly…

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Michael Tyler Roach

New Yorker. Writer. Skier. Slightly Pretentious. Mostly Romantic. Occasionally humorous.