An Interview With Charles Coles

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Charles Coles was an old man by the time he was interviewed at his home by an out-of-work writer employed by the Federal government. Mr. Rogers, the writer, was a slim fellow with a receding hairline. His clothes weren’t the finest old Mr. Coles had seen, but Mr. Rogers didn’t seem to notice. He stood there on his door step with the kind of twisted pride that came from three hundred years of being told people like him were better than most.

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Being Black in China

So what these four instances taught me is this: they mean well, but don’t really understand what is ‘racially insensitive’ and what’s not. Because of that, they’re bound to make mistakes when they’re unaware, and bound to think they made mistakes, when they didn’t.

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