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  • All my life, I have not only been Black, but more so, Not Black Enough. Before I was born, my white mother knew that the result of coupling with A Black Man could only lead to the kind of contamination her already socially-disgraced body had come to accept: A tiny, yellow infant she wouldn’t be allowed to hold, much less keep, known as An Adoptable Black Infant. Being Black but Not Black Enough in this context was certainly an advantage, as it made me attractive to a stable, healthy, loving wh…