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At some point, at least once, a black person will hear: “Wow, your hair is sooooo cool! Can I touch it??” Like, I know that my hair is a site of unbridled fascination and holds many secrets, but unless you’re going to give me something of yours to touch in return, I’m thinking no.
Traveling not only exposed me to new and fascinating cultures, it aided me in relating to others from a land I had not formerly recognized as foreign, America. Likewise, while residing in Lake City I was thrown into modern American culture. From driving to Atlanta for the SEC Football Championship, to being able to drink the water straight from the tap, my life in both large and small ways was slowly being Americanized.