The Cost

A heartbreaking look at issues that affect all of us.


Rilla Askew | 2014 | 21 minutes (5,065 words)

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When my godson Trey was a toddler growing up in Brooklyn, every white woman who saw him fell in love with him. He was a beautiful child, sweet natured, affectionate, with cocoa-colored skin and a thousand-watt smile. I remember sitting with him and his mom in a pizzeria one day, watching as he played peekaboo with two white ladies at a nearby booth. “What a little doll!” the ladies cooed. “Isn’t he adorable?”

I told Marilyn I dreaded the day he would run up against some white person’s prejudice. “His feelings are going to be hurt,” I said. “He won’t know it’s about this country’s race history, he’ll think it’s about him. Because so far in his young life every white person he’s ever met has adored him.” Marilyn nodded, but her closed expression seemed…

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Welcome to the Ungil Sils Water Taxi Blog!

Here in Palau the internet is slow. We believe this is a sign that we should further distance ourselves from the anchors of technology whenever possible. Ungil Sils advises that when the sea is calm and the sun is bright that we all venture out beyond the city limits. However, we admit that this first blog, our maiden voyage into the shimmering ocean of technology, is being posted on a delightfully sunny day. An ‘Ungil Sils’ or ‘good day’ in Palauan is always something to treasure! image