Friday, September 27, 2013

Color Blind

"Are Katie and Lizzy sisters?" a student asked me today. I understood why she might wonder that, because both girls happen to have albinism.

"No," I told her.

"Are they cousins?"

"Nope," I said.

"Well, they just look so much alike," she continued.

"Kind of," I shrugged. "They definitely have the same hair color."

"Are you sure they aren't related?" She couldn't let it go.

"Listen," I said, "what you're asking is like somebody wondering if you and [here I named another student] are related."

"Why?" she frowned. "Because we're Asian? We don't look anything alike."

"I know," I said, "and that's the point."

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