In the Bible Belt, Acceptance Is Hard-Won

In the Bible Belt, Acceptance Is Hard-Won
The Washington Post
by Anne Hull

Michael Shackelford slides under his 1988 Chevy Cheyenne. Ratchet in hand, he peers into the truck’s dark cavern, tapping his boot to Merle Haggard’s “Silver Wings” drifting from the garage.

Flat on his back, staring into the cylinders and bearings, Michael fixes his truck like he wishes he could fix himself.

Look at the grandson in the accompanying photo. Multiracial children are becoming common among previously all-white families. Here, it doesn’t even rate a remark.

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