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Fading Black [4.13.2007]

Jil Williams is a Chicago-based dentist who knows firsthand what it's like to live with race front and center in her life. Jil describes herself as a "brown-skinned black woman. " Her husband and children have even lighter skin. Despite their complexions, they still found themselves not fitting into an all-white neighborhood where they once lived.

Yet they've also experienced racism in less predictable places: within their own urban black community. Her daughter was born with blonde hair and blue eyes, and her son is often mistaken for someone from the Middle East. 

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