Have “The Talk.” Excellent post!
By Jueseppi B.
I was raised by my grandparents, we arrived in the United States from Marsala, Sicily when I was but 3 years old. My grandfather worked in the Indiana Steel Mills off the Chicago Skyway, the skeletons of those mills are still visible today from the Chicago Skyway. My grandmother owned and ran her very own restaurant, so we were not poverty stricken. Most of my friends were. I am 1/4th Sicilian, 1/4th Corsican, 1/4th African and 1/4th Pawnee Indian. When the average person see’s me, they see Black.
I learned a long time ago to embrace my “Blackness” and to associate with my Black heritage the more than my Sicilian, Corsican or Pawnee Indian heritage, based on my acceptance as a Black man by the caucasian world. When a caucasian looks at me walking down the street, they do not…
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