12/05/2014 05:17 pm ET Updated Dec 05, 2014

Color-Blindness Isn't Helping Anything

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His name was Shaquille, like the basketball player, but his skin was the color of café au lait and he was skinny and 9. He was moderately asthmatic and qualified for a scholarship at the camp for children with asthma where I had volunteered for several years. The camp was both staffed and attended by adults and kids of color; I was in the minority.

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