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Brandon came home today with an assignment: write a 200 word essay about a time he encountered a barrier. The following conversation ensued:

Me: A barrier? Like a time you were discriminated against?

Brandon: Yeah, we’re reading a book on Jackie Robinson.

Me: Uh-huh. Doesn’t your teacher realize you’re a middle-class, suburban-dwelling, mini-van riding white male? What barriers could you possibly have encountered?

Brandon: Huh?

Me: Alright. We can think about this. Think back about about a time you faced a barrier.

Brandon: I faced a barrier at the zoo. It kept the polar bear from getting out.

Me: This is going to be harder than I thought.

*(Actually, Brandon was just being a comedian about the zoo.)


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