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How Interracial Couples Can Have Productive Conversations About Race

I was raised by my white step-father and black mother in a very impoverished, gang-infested community. Our parents raised us with a “just because we’re from the hood, doesn’t mean we act like it,” mentality. My step-father didn’t treat us black or white but he always allowed us to express who we were as black kids—and all that it entailed without trying to change us. I was considered “smart” and treated noticeably different than other kids who came from my neighborhood by ...

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