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The death of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo this January brought attention to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) among communities of color and the awareness of the need to protect autistic children from wandering, eloping or “bolting” from safe spaces.
Relationships between people who claim different racial identities aren't new (hey, Barack Obama's parents, tons of other Americans and, according to the hope to which some fans are still clinging, Lupita and Jared). Nor are they all that controversial these days. (A full 86 percent of Americans approve of black-white pairings, for example.) So while it's not quite like everyone's doing it, things do seem to be going pretty OK for people who are inclined to find love across the old color line.
I’ve often thought of doing what Sylvia Plath described so poetically: “I thought it would be easy, lying in the tub and seeing the redness flower from my wrists ... till I sank to sleep under a surface gaudy as poppies.”
Editor's note: For those who are wondering about the retro title of this black-history series, please take a moment to learn about historian Joel A. Rogers, author of the 1934 book 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof, to whom these "amazing facts" are an homage.