Human Parts
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Human Parts

This Is Us

Reflections From a Token Black Friend

On structural racism, implicit bias, and what white people do (and don’t) say

Photo courtesy of the author.

I am regularly the only black kid in the photo. I have mastered the well-timed black joke, fit to induce a guilty “you thought it but couldn’t say it” laugh from my white peers. I know all the words to “Mr. Brightside” by the…

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