The answer is within the children.
That’s my six-word essay on race. I believe Simone and Nadia’s generation is going to put the issue to rest.
I submitted my essay to Michele_Norris.com, a web site for the book The Grace of Silence.
Norris, co-host of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” unearthed two truths about her family and wrote about them in her memoir. Her father had been shot in the leg in Birmingham, Ala., by a white police officer in 1946, and her grandmother had worked for Quaker Oats as a traveling Aunt Jemima in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
As Norris promoted her memoir, she thought it would be a good idea to hand out postcards to start conversations about race. What she learned is that those who had picked up her book had no trouble at all talking about race. In fact, she found a lot of people wanted to tell their stories.
I couldn’t resist the opportunity. It’s just six words. Well, as a writer, I had trouble with the word count and wrote two six-word essays. The other one: Black woman, white man, golden children. I have to admit I like the one above better. So did Norris, who sent it via Twitter to all of her followers.
Head over to her site, click on the RACE Card button and write your own six-word essay. Tell her Honeysmoke sent you.