This pairing has such a connection to my life in relation to my passion for shoes and food, but the greatest parallel is my travel through life as a bi-racial man. As Black History Month comes to a close, I want to celebrate this shoe, along with the great man behind it; not excluding Nike, their support for the culture and the voices of the athletes that represent it.
When you’re bi-racial things are far from black and white. It’s more complicated to find where you’re really accepted. At times I didn’t feel “black enough” or “white enough.” I struggled to find people to help me navigate the world being mixed. I learned to become a chameleon; my color didn’t change, but I could change your perception of my color in order to try and fit in. The other added layer was having interracial parents who couldn’t completely identify with my struggle, though they experienced their own form of rejection for staying together during a time when it was much less accepted. We’ll be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary next year!
Though different colors, you need both of these shoes to make a pair, as I needed both my parents to become the man I am today.
More than ever, the divide is evident. Our differences shouldn’t make us fearful, but rather stronger. Progress towards greater diversity should be lead with love and understanding. In an interview the other day, my daughter said, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” This was the first time I had heard/read this. The change starts at home in how we raise our kids. #bethechange
Black & White Cookies ...
Can someone please tell me how she still look the exact same?! 😫😫 ...