Photo of Ryan Gingery | Two or More by Danielle James

What’s Your Nationality?

What do you want me to say? I’m American. My family’s American. We have been for hundreds of years. But no one believes me.


His paper skin reflected off my grandmother’s dark dark complexion. His head was a mound of sleek red waves, hers a thick black halo. Oil and water. Black and white. They were not expected to merge.