This chapter follows the life and racial understandings of a man named Don Terry, who is the son of a white woman and a black man. Terry was a journalist and worked for the New York Times. This piece is different from the other articles we have discussed because it is told in the first person. Every article discusses other people and their stories and from all different perspectives. This is the only one solely focused on one man, with inserts of his mothers, fathers, and brothers lives to explain how a mixed race family dynamic is seen in America. Terry grew up in Hyde Park, a mixed race neighborhood in Chicago and didn't have to decide "what nationality" he was until his college years. In fact, it was those who were solely one race that had to define themselves and he even recalls one white girl making up a story about how her dad was a russian Black. College was very hard for him as he went through what most middle schoolers have to deal with with defining their race. Terry tried to keep ties with some of his white friends, but eventually "chose blackness".
One of the major elements in this article is the family dynamic. With two white older brothers, Terry was faced with a lot of discrimination because of who they were and they had to face a lot as well. Terry was deprived of a father figure because of the angry rage of his father, but deprived of a grandfather figure because of who is father was. We see a number of elements that relate to other chapters in this book like defining oneself by their race. Terry described it like this: "I wasn't split in two-the world was". There is no in between. The world is made up of black and white and the only time we try to justify any grey area is when it is us in the grey area, or our friends and loved ones. The world isn't made for just black and white though, it was supposed to be colorful, ranging in all different spectrums. So why do we insist on making the people "in between", "mixed", or "different" feel like they are in between and different? My favorite part of this chapter is how he ends it. He finds his birth certificate after his fathers death and saw that his father crossed out the races next to "father" and "mother", just leaving those words and leaving a gift for Don Terry to hold onto on paper.