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Contrast: A Biracial Man's Journey to Desegregate His Past

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In 1967, the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in America. Devin Hughes was born two years later to a black father and white mother who fled to Washington DC to escape the racism of the Deep South. Bigotry still ran rampant up North, and light-skinned, greeneyed Devin felt its pull from both ends: strangers who didn't know he was half-black and friends who didn' ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Writers of the Round Table Press (first published June 24th 2012)
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Aug 16, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
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My first thought after reading the initial opening of the book - I gasped! On the birth certificate it says "Negro". I had no idea that terminology use to be printed. I'm offended by that, and I'm not even black.

I think it's awesome that the author can take his experiences and make them humorous. "...gurgling through a bong behind the bedroom door became a soundtrack to my daily life." Or, "The skin on the back of his neck was red from the sun. That must be why Dad always called him a redneck!"
Aug 03, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
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The era of reality TV has made me a little too cynical. As I read I found myself arguing with Devin - you can't really remember your first day at daycare that clearly. You weren't really thinking those thoughts in elementary school.

But then I found myself talking about this book to anyone and everyone. One friend made me realize that memories can be vivid at a very young age when they have great impact - like feeling truly loved for the first time. Another conversation made me realize that my ha
Aug 01, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
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I thought this was a good read and quite thought provoking.It had me thinking of my life and when did I choose the easy way out instead of making the most of what I had been given. It was an interesting recollection of a boy growing up feeling black but looking white living in the inner city with drug addicts.

I appreciated his honesty and sharing his story. There were times I was completely shocked by what he was experiencing at the same time thinking there is even more to his story that is not
Oct 23, 2013 Joani rated it really liked it
I read Contast when it first came out and rated it very highly, not because I know Devin, but because it seemed to be a very honest and personal account of his childhood and upbringing, in a sometimes confusing yet loving mixed race household. That source of confusion is one that I identified with and I'm sure was enlightening to others with different experiences. I commended Devin for being so forthcoming with his memoirs, which, at times, were less than ideal, yet managed to shape him into the ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing

"Contrast" enlightens the reader & reminds us that our first perception of a person is not always what we see on the outside. Through positive self talk & learning through our mistakes, the reader is taught that we may fail once, twice or more, but we make the decision to get back up.
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Apr 21, 2013 Tiffany Rae rated it it was amazing
I'm only half way through but CANNOT put this book down. I've already interviewed the author twice on Mixed Race Radio and find myself totally swallowed up by the telling of this amazing life story of survival and ultimately love.
This book should be on everybody's bookshelf!!
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Devin C. Hughes was born in Washington D.C. in 1969 to a black father and white mother. Devin grew up in a mixed--and mixed up--world. His home life was chaotic, riddled with his parents' drug use and unconventional ways of educating; dyslexia made academic learning a seemingly insurmountable challenge; and his identity was beyond confusing--was he black because he felt black or white because he l ...more
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