Contrast: A Biracial Man's Journey to Desegregate His Past

Contrast: A Biracial Man's Journey to Desegregate His Past

by Devin C. Hughes


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In 1967, the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in America. Devin Hughes was born two years later to a black father and white mother who fled to Washington DC to escape the racism of the Deep South. Bigotry still ran rampant up North, and light-skinned, greeneyed Devin felt its pull from both ends: strangers who didn't know he was half-black and friends who didn't care he was half-white. In racial limbo, Devin found himself more consumed with his dysfunctional family life-a father who offered an alternative "street" education and a mother whose drug use zombified her for most of his childhood. Despite his parents' flaws, they were Devin's greatest believers. From his dad founding a neighborhood baseball team to his mom advocating for him in school, they taught Devin that anything imaginable was within reach, that their mistakes needn't be his choices, and that his destiny was for greatness. Ultimately, Contrast: A Biracial Man's Journey to Desegregate His Past isn't a book about race; it's a book about acceptance, perseverance, and love.

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ISBN-13: 9781610660549
Publisher: Writers of the Round Table Press
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

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Contrast: A Biracial Man's Journey to Desegregate His Past 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Teri__A More than 1 year ago
Contrast is a great narrative in plain English. Author Devin C. Hughes' story is all of our story to some degree. Whether you grew up in middle class suburbia with both parents, or of mixed heritage in the ghetto, you will find the a familiar voice of your own past. The fear of not being accepted, of coveting a friends life, the frustration of the decisions predetermined by your family and those that you chose all on your own. We have all been there. Mr. Hughes' honesty is refreshing. This isn't a book filled with Phd analytic dialogue. While reading his story I never felt that he was writing to find HIS breakthrough, but that he wrote this book to inspire ME. I found myself jotting down his fathers words and using them to inspire my children. I highly recommend this book to all ages and backgrounds. To anyone who lives in the 'grind' that is life. But I warn you; you will find yourself being much more aware of others in the 'grind' with you. It's an eye-opener!
DrSMadhosingh More than 1 year ago
What an amazing depiction of triumph over what could have been a tragedy! As a psychologist in the Washington DC area, I have worked with many who come from a similar traumatic, drug riddled background that Mr. Hughes describes. Unfortunately many have not been able to rise above the dysfunction to see the beauty and the genius of who the are and the purpose they have in this life. What Mr. Hughes had going for him is that even amidst the insanity that was his home life, there were people who strongly believed in him, and told him so repeatedly, including his troubled parents. Added to the chaos was an identity crisis of immense proportions. Being that DC is considered "chocolate city" I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to be a child who looked white when everyone around you looked black and not knowing how you were supposed to feel inside. It's hard when the society around you keeps insisting you choose or, in some instances, chooses for you. The book is well written and Mr. Hughes is an excellent story teller. The book captures your attention from the first chapter and holds it until the very end. It is both heart wrenching and inspiring. An excellent read.
SoupDC More than 1 year ago
An uplifting read. Hughes tells the story of his journey to overcome racial stigmas, dysfunctional home life and self destructive role models to find peace in life's many shades of gray. Whether you are black, white, somewhere in between or none of the above, you'll be inspired by a man confronting his past head on, and will find similarities in your upbringing and application to your current personal life. A book that keeps you thinking even after you've turned the last page.
Sue_D More than 1 year ago
CONTRAST is a compelling story relatable to all. It's basic message is something most of us preach but how many of us practice? You don't truly know someone till you have walked a mile in their shoes. We all have different family experiences and pasts but it is what we learn from those experiences and how we adapt in the world that makes us what we are. Devin's story proves that over and over again. I recommend this book.
Paige_Penn More than 1 year ago
I bought it for a rainy Saturday, but no. It was candid and compelling and I finished it before the first raindrops fell. Don't expect something tragic or magic. CONTRAST is an ordinary man's real story simply told, with lessons learned the hard way. Devin concludes "I am me." It's tough for any kid to define himself and claim his place in the world. Put that kid in a a loving, self-absorbed, addicted, isolated dysfunctional family, Throw in a learning difference buried in maladaptive behaviors. Oh, and ensure he has a special kind of invisibility. Good times. Lead this kid to water and he just might die of thirst. The sense of agency and introspection he developed as a young man makes me hope for a next volume. This is just the beginning of the story. Like the first reviewer, be inspired by his journey.
Lucey More than 1 year ago
Recently I purchased, at Barnes & Noble, Devin Hughes' book, CONTRAST: A Biracial Man's Journey To Desegregate His Past. I was extremely moved with his story, which is also the story of America, and realize it must be very difficult to share such personal issues. I was impressed by how he could tell his story, obviously from his heart, and get his point across without using profanity. Hopefully, others will read Devin's book and be inspired as I.