Black History Month In Brief: The Absence of Color

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky)


I was raised not to see color. That’s easy when you live in world where your skin is the same color as the flesh colored crayon in a box of Crayolas. A few years ago I moved uptown. I was raised not to see color. I never thought about it. Or so I thought.

As I moved into a world of people of color I learned that they do see color, but differently. Now, when I go downtown and I’m in a room full of white people something is missing. I see the absence of color.

A J Sidransky is the author of two novels set in upper Manhattan, Forgiving Maximo Rothman and Stealing a Summer’s Afternoon. He lives in Washington Heights.


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2 Responses to “Black History Month In Brief: The Absence of Color”

  1. Shaksmac says:

    Wow. Powerful stuff. Brief and to the point but impactful. I reposted on my blog. I hope that’s okay. It’s credited to you and even includes a link back here and to your Twitter.

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