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Dreams From My Father

a Story of Race and Inheritance
"I'm not black,' Joyce said. 'I'm multiracial.' ... 'Why should I have to choose between them?' she asked me. ... No -- it's black people who always have to make everything racial. They're the ones making me choose. They're the ones who are telling me that I can't be who I am ...'. ... the problem with people like Joyce. They talked about the richness of their multicultural heritage and it sounded real good until you noticed that they avoided black people. It wasn't a matter of conscious choice, necessarily, just a matter of gravitational pull, the way integration always worked, a one-way street. The minority assimilated into the dominant culture ...". (p. 99-100)