America is growing too complicated and mixed — very brown, I would say.
Everyone is becoming everything. And the old man was a fool not to see it.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is on record pleading with his companion, V. Stiviano, not to be seen in public with black people and certainly not to post pictures of herself on the Internet with black athletes — particularly Magic Johnson.
But the most ironic thing about his comments is that Sterling was often seen and photographed at Clippers games sitting alongside Stiviano, a woman much younger than he and who is, by her own description, Mexican and black.
There are children all over America who are renaming themselves, playfully, refusing the old distinctions of black and white America with homemade elisions like Blaxican.
There are, for example, Hinjews and Negropinos. Millions of young people will tell you they do not have “a” (singular) race and are, in any case, disinclined to play on the old black-and-white chess board that captivated their grandparents. There are grandchildren aplenty who do not look like any of their grandparents; their faces suggest citizenship in some brave new world.