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My mother is part African-American and Japanese. My father is part African-American, Native American, and, Caucasian. I describe myself as an African-American male.

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My mother is part African-American and Japanese. My father is part African-American, Native American, and, Caucasian. I describe myself as an African-American male.


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I was around 12 or 13. During the summer I would play street basketball every day at the local elementary school. For the most part, we would come to the court with our five guys ready to play against any other five. Sometimes less than five of us would go to the court together, so we'd have to pick up somebody else to complete the team. I can remember times when we didn't pick a kid specifically because he was white. At the time, our feeling was that "white dudes can't ball."


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I played soccer until I was about 14. Most of the kids in the league were white, so I had a lot of white friends. Sometimes we would talk about

music and TV and I'd be one of the only two or three minorities in the group. I would be completely lost and think to myself, "Only white people listen to that stuff." I wasn't being excluded but I did feel excluded. I just felt different from them.


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