When American politics divide us, we talk about building bridges. But when it comes to division created by the color of our skin, I’d rather talk about intersections. Bridges, by nature, are built to connect two otherwise unconnected spaces. But intersections are a meeting point, and they require us to navigate a common space.
The following is the second installment in a continuing conversation on race in America. Our eldest child is learning how to drive, a terrifying and stress-filled experience for all involved. Every time we’re in the car, I hear myself lecturing him. “See, there’s a ‘no turn on red’ sign here,” I point out. “Remember, pedestrians have
Last week I issued an invitation to join me and two of my colleagues, Jaimie and Porsha, in a candid conversation on a difficult topic—race in America. You listened and responded to the call. Thanks to your questions, insights, and anecdotes, there is much to talk about today. Actually, there are so many things to talk
First, a story. Several years ago when my family and I lived in Bahrain, I was delighted to see how eager other Americans were to immerse themselves in the local culture. They sampled the cuisine; sought authentic experiences; visited museums, historical sites, and mosques; and made a sport of buying beautiful middle eastern rugs. It