“Schools (in Lansing) taught kids that everybody was equal.
You also get the opportunity to experience another culture or religion, be exposed to new ways of thinking, have an incredible experience with someone you love and respect, and to teach others around you that the relationship is like any other.
I learned a few languages and cultures, and earned an unpronounceable double-the-letters last name by dating outside my race. First, I know it’s easier said than done, but don’t worry about the racial climate. Sometimes, we create issues in our heads that may never become real issues.
According to the 2010 Census, 4.1 percent of Lansing’s black residents, or one out of every 25, identify themselves as being of mixed race. “My kids will tell you that they are mixed with black and white.
When President Obama was elected, my oldest went around telling people that she was mixed like him.” Most blacks still see themselves as simply black, in spite of their varying cultural makeup and heritage.
— but you could tell that black folks stuck together in Detroit,” said Council, who used to work in the Detroit area.