A hypothetical zebra. Too black for the white kids, and too white for the inner city Black kids. What is the station of the Black child who grows up in predominately white populated suburban areas? How do they develop a healthy racial identity?
I grew up in Johnson County, a predominately white suburban area in Kansas. For the first 14 years of my life, I was surrounded with friends, classmates, and teammates that looked absolutely nothing like me. My highschool graduating class had roughly 400 students but only 5-10 were African-American. While some may argue that this equipped me for the real world, or taught me how to co-exist and adapt to other races, I often times felt alone and out of place.
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