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J.P. Morgan’s Personal Librarian Was A Black Woman. This Is Her Story.

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J.P. Morgan’s Personal Librarian Was A Black Woman. This Is Her Story.

By KAREN GRIGSBY BATES via https://www.bpr.org/

I have a confession: I am not a fan of the passing trope. From Nella Larsen’s 1929 classic, Passing, to the original Imitation of Life (the 1934 movie starred the incomparable Fredi Washington as Peola, the little girl who wanted to be white) to Britt Bennett’s 2020 novel The Vanishing Half, the notion of a Black person posing as white to escape her Blackness just felt … tired.

“Deep down, all Black people want to be white.” I heard that in a social psychology class, repeated as if it were a truism. It’s not. At several points in childhood and as an adult, I’ve loved the notion of being rich, but being white? I…

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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