On racial differentiation.

<Student looks at House on Mango Street cover. Raises hand.>
“Miss, can I get the black version of this?”
“Well, the book is based on a Latina girl growing up in a mainly Hispanic neighborhood, written by a Hispanic author.”
“Yeah, I know. I want the black version.”
“There isn’t a black version. It’s not like a language translation…”
“Not fair, Miss. Not fair. You should make a black version for me.”
“But see, that would take away some of the significance, and-“
“Yeah, okay, whatever. I see how it is. Too much work. I’ll deal.”
“Not-whatever, yes, okay. Thank you. Read now.”
<under breath> “Be Mexican. Be Mexican.”


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