News Clip: No, My Son Doesn’t ‘Act Black.’ There’s No Such Thing

No, My Son Doesn't 'Act Black.' There's No Such Thing.

By Aleta Payne
Sunday, March 18, 2007; B03

Sam came home from the overnighter visibly crushed. He curled around his hurt as though he'd been punched in the gut, and he refused to say what had happened. My husband and I fought panic as all the horrible things that might happen to a 14-year-old away from home pounded through our brains. We cajoled and interrogated as he tried to disappear into the living room sofa, until finally, enough of the story emerged to reassure us that our oldest son hadn't been   physically injured. But his suffering was still real.


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