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A reader wishes that more people of color would tell of their journeys.
To the Editor:

As a mature black woman, I beg to differ with Michelle Obama’s Rules of Assimilation,” by Erin Aubry Kaplan (Op-Ed, Feb. 25), about Mrs. Obama’s biography, “Becoming.” Ms. Kaplan writes, “Once again,” black people “are denied our fullness.”

But “Becoming” is Mrs. Obama’s story — not that of all of black America! It’s unfortunate that in this country we have so few public people of color to look up to. Because of the dearth, we lay a burden far too heavy on those few shoulders.

It’s time for each person of color to tell his or her story. My story certainly has some similarities to Mrs. Obama’s (the emphasis on education), yet it is also different.

The answer to racism and bigotry is the realization that we are all unique, that though there are places where our stories merge, our journeys are also different. The appreciation of differences is what is really important.

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