Over the weekend, The Mayor studied the photos in the newspaper's sports section.
"How can this be, Mama?" he asked pointing to a photo of a quarterback.
"What, Mayor? How can what be?" I asked looking at the picture.
"How can the skin on his throwing arm be brown and the skin on his other arm be blonde?"
A trick of the light made The Mayor think the quarterback was somehow bi-racial, literally, that one half of him was black and the other half white.
Admittedly, the photo did kind of look that way.
I pointed to the picture.
"One of his arms is hidden in shadow and the other arm is extended in sunlight."
I smiled thinking about The Mayor's choice of words, the way he used brown and blonde to describe skin color the same way he would talk about the color of hair.
Next time I'm asked to check a box to indicate my race, I'm going tick "other" and write,