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I was late for school and my father had to walk me in to class so that my teacher would know the reason for my tardiness My dad opened the door to my classroom and there was a hush of silence Everyones eyes were fixed on my father and me He told the teacher why I was late gave me a kiss goodbye and left for work As I sat down at my seat all of my so-called friends called me names and teased me The students teased me not because I was late but because my father was black They were too young to understand All of this time they thought that I was white because I had fare skin like them therefore I had to be white Growing up having a white mother and a black father was tough To some people being black and white is a contradiction in itself People thought that I had to be one or the other but not both I thought that I was fine the way I was But like myself Shelby Steele was stuck in between two opposite forces of his double bind He was black and middle class both having significant roles in his life Race he insisted blurred class distinctions among blacks If you were black you were just black and that was that Steele 211 Since Altoona is a primarily white city I grew up being around white people 90 of the time The only time I really spent being around blacks was with my father everyday and with family members on my fathers side So of course I consider myself as being whiter because of the fact that I was raised mostly around white people I know I dont look like the average white person or the average black person but whos to say what blacks and whites are suppose to look like I have my own unique color It is
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