Race in America. What a complicated issue. As a nation, we've wrestled with the complex legacy of our treatment of Native Americans, the painful history of slavery, and, more recently, what it means to be a person of color, an immigrant, a refugee. The public policy implications of our ruminations are so very challenging, ranging from issues of reparations to affirmative action to immigration. There seems to be no end to controversy, debate, and competing narratives. Yet underneath these often abstruse deliberations are real lives and the day-to-day challenges of what it means to be a person of color in America. Lauren Jordan's reflections dwell in the intimate relationship between parent and child.
Lauren Jordan lives in North Kingstown with her husband and young son, who was born in Ethiopia. Jordan is the associate director of development at the Gordon School in East Providence.