SEAN IS BLACK IN AMERICA

The 27th of 28 interviews with a variety of artists, writers and friends to learn more about individual perspectives on being black + original illustrations by George McCalman

SEAN DALLASKIDD (creative director)

It gives you the most spectacularly clear vantage point of where you stand relative to success and the inherent hurdles you will face on your journey towards it. Being armed with that kind of perspective is a powerful thing.
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Black: lowercase or uppercase b?

For now, uppercase.

What identity — racial or otherwise — do you feel closest to?

Kanye West.

Okay, and what do you think about Beyonce?

Kanye was right.

Some say blacks gave birth to cool, agree?

I’ll say this, if we didn’t, who did? No other group comes to mind right? Just sayin’.

When was the first time you understood what it was to be black?

We lived in DC at the time and my mom was looking to find a middle school for me. (This was DC before it got artisanal coffee shops, if you know what I mean.) Anyway, I toured a number of schools, but this one school really stood out. It was in a great neighborhood, long driveway, hidden from the main road, you get the picture. I went to private school my entire life, so in my mind this wasn’t going to be anything new. Lucky me, I got to shadow a student… you know for that authentic experience. Let’s just say that the overall vibe was waaay off. It was like an alien just got dropped off in the middle of that school!

Has being black made your life better?

It gives you the most spectacularly clear vantage point of where you stand relative to success and the inherent hurdles you will face on your journey towards it. Being armed with that kind of perspective is a powerful thing.

What’s something most people don’t realize about being black?

There are no sick days.

What’s on your mind when you’re not thinking about race?

My kiddo, my wife, food (cooking or eating) & places to travel. I try and keep it simple.

How would life be different if you just didn’t have to think about race much?

I don’t really think about race to be honest. To answer your question though, if the rest of the world didn’t think about race that would mean one of two things: we stopped scapegoating other groups and looked to solved the root cause of our problems or aliens dropped out the sky. Either way, I’d love to see that.

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