I grew up in Queens, and I think it’s a very diverse demographic. I don’t remember exactly when I realized about race and difference. When I was younger, I would just play with anybody. Race didn’t really matter because I didn’t really see that. It’s during high school that I realized all the Asians were hanging out with the Asians, the Russians were hanging out with the Russians, and the African Americans were hanging out with the African Americans. Those were the three primary race demographics within my school, that’s just how the cliques were formed.
Another time is when I went to Boston College for orientation. They put us in groups of 10, and I remember being the only non-white person in the group, and that was a huge culture shock for me, having grown up in New York and always seeing diverse faces. I can vividly remember thinking “Wow, I’m different”.