This fills me with so much sadness and rage. We intersect in a couple of places, though I’ve lived my whole life “white” — but also female, queer, and without a college degree). There are things I have to teach my young daughter, too, as a woman and as a queer parent. Again, not the same — not trying to compare, either. This is all just to say that in a small way, I understand a tiny little bit of your father’s pain, and I understand a tiny little of yours, though I am also well aware that I will never know, personally, what it is like to be black in this country. I’m glad you’re writing in this one though. because your experience is clear. Thanks for speaking truths, Sam.

Compulsive storyteller. Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College.

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