27 August 2004
[They] don't mean to offend when they bring up my heritage. They mean it as a compliment in that "Negroes have rhythm" sort of way. But it is, to say the least, an uncomfortable feeling.
For once, I am grateful for the weird tangles in my family tree, whose roots extend to Mexico, Syria and Lebanon, and the British Isles, with stops God knows where in between.