My Journey out of Racism

“I wish you’d just married a black girl.” These were the first words my mother said to me when I brought my Asian wife home to meet my family in the Mississippi Delta. Thing is, I wasn’t that offended, for I realized that Mom was honestly trying to be polite by not using the n-word instead, and by pulling me off to one side on the front porch where my wife couldn’t hear her words. I replied by giving her a hug, and we all went inside the house.