"No one ever talks about the moment you found that you were white. Or the moment you found out you were black. That’s a profound revelation. The minute you find that out, something happens. You have to renegotiate everything."
The first time I realized I was white was while watching Reading Rainbow as a six year old. My best friend and I were folding clothes while LeVar Burton was talking us through a story about the Underground Railroad. My best friend stopped what she was doing, looked at me, and said, “If we lived then, we couldn’t be friends because I’d be a slave and you’d own me,” before going back to folding laundry. Thanks for the existential crisis, Mr. Burton.