By Nara Schoenberg
Tribune staff reporter
August 17, 2004

Sophie Dimitroff and Frankielee Dent met in 1st grade, share likes and dislikes, and happen to live on the cutting edge of race relations in the U.S.

Sophie Dimitroff and Frankielee Dent both like macaroni, KISS-FM and the color pink. They confidently take the same positions on edible marshmallow-scented glitter (pro) and peanut butter crackers (con).

It’s only when they are asked how they differ that they waver.

“Ummm,” says Sophie, as both girls examine the grass beneath their feet.

“Ummm,” says Frankie.

“Hmmm. I don’t know.”

“I don’t know either.” Thirty seconds pass in uncomfortable silence. The wind rustles in the trees. A car honks in the distance. This is hard, Sophie says.

“Oh!” says Frankie, suddenly breaking the tension with a triumphant smile.

“She doesn’t like scary movies.”

The Tribune makes a friendship between two children sound like a miracle because of the “black” and “white” labels.

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