Realization

In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed. It took 3 more years until the US Supreme Court overturned the anti-interracial marriage (or anti-miscegenation) laws that still existed in 16 states. That was in 1967.

In a 1968 poll, still nearly 75% of the US population was against interracial marriage. Nearly 75%.

1968 was a tumultuous year. China’s Red Guards were rampaging through the streets with the Cultural Revolution.The Viet Cong launched the Tet Offensive, invading the major cities of Vietnam. Back home, young men were getting drafted in droves. Peace demonstrations turned into anti-war protests which turned violent. Martin Luther King was killed in April. 
Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down in June.

Stokely Carmichael and Huey P. Newton stoked the fury of the Black Panther Party and its angry revolution-spouting, gun-toting, Red Book-waving black youth. Activist Angela Davis with her huge afro, soon to take up her post as assistant professor of philosophy at UCLA, dropped in on black high schools in South Central LA to raise awareness about the Revolution. 
James Brown came out with the song ‘I’m Black and I’m Proud’ which became the black movement's battle cry.

The year was 1968, the year of Black Pride. 

It was in this, my sophomore year, that due to school district rezoning, I got transferred from an integrated high school to an all Black one, where a branch of the Crips, one of the largest and most violent street gangs in the US got their start three years later.

I was the product of an interracial marriage: My mother was chocolate, my father was vanilla.
I was caramel.

Realization: I didn’t stand a chance.

It became instantly clear to me that if I didn't learn to fight, I wasn't going to make it to graduation.

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Mar 8, 2009