I remember as a kid, we had to research a famous African-American for black history month.
Growing in Pittsburgh, my first choice was Roberto Clemente.
He seemed "black" enough for me, but my poor teacher did her best to explain that he was Dominican and that although his skin is brown, he is not really part of black history.
So, I picked my second favorite Pittsburgh sport superstar, Franco Harris
My teacher explain that he is "half-black" , but she would allow it.
I was so confused.
When I found out his fan club was called Franco's Italian Army, my head was really spinning.
It didn't make sense to me then and really doesn't make much more sense to me today.