Acknowledging my history helped me lower my family’s smoke screens

“Michael, you’re Black.”

This statement of sheer fact made me turn away in frustration and embarrassment. For 10 minutes, a Black girl in my class and I had engaged in a conversation about my ethnicity — a topic I eagerly wanted to avoid. I managed to make it more than…

Michael Tyler Roach

New Yorker. Writer. Skier. Slightly Pretentious. Mostly Romantic. Occasionally humorous.

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