The ensuing conversation left no doubt in my mind about what he was trying to say. I’m black, therefore I am on welfare.
I never planned to be on government assistance, but I will never feel guilty for doing what I had to do to keep myself and my children fed and sheltered.
I was in my third decade of life and had not ever been out on a formal date where the guy calls you, invites you to a restaurant, and then DRIVES you there.
Having a tribal identity was simply not something I was ever exposed to, and to have my first exposure be, “We’re taking your baby and you can’t do anything about it," was shocking.