Tanner Colby

Some of My Best Friends Are Black. Really?

Writer Lori L. Tharps talks to author Tanner Colby about his mission to explore the "strange story of integration in America"

by Lori Tharps, July 27, 2012

Tanner Colby

'Some of My Best Friends Are Black' author, Tanner Colby

Photo courtesy of Lane Greene

you’re from southern Louisiana, the descendant of sharecroppers and let’s describe your skin tone as ‘tawny,’ did it ever occur to you, that you might be Black?

TC: It’s entirely possible. There are lots of [Black] people in Southern Louisiana who have lighter skin than me. I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve been meaning to do one of those DNA tests. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate irony?

EBONY: Yeah, that would be pretty funny. The white guy with no Black friends is Black! But you do have Black friends now, don’t you?

TC: Yes, I do.

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