In 2014, I became a dad to Roen Hendrix Cornish, the inspiration for this book. A handsome and inquisitive boy who is a perfect combination of his African American Father and Lithuanian Mother.
One day when Roen was four years old, while in New York City for a modeling gig, (Roen modeled from 4 months old to 5 years old when he announced his retirement to his mother and father) Roen made a statement that became the inspiration for this book.
He looked at me and said, “Dad, your skin is darker and mine is lighter.”
I thought to myself, “Oh boy, wasn’t expecting to have the race conversation this soon.”
Then without missing a beat Roen said, “It’s ok, we’re really the same.”
I was so happy and proud of his insight that shortly after that conversation, I began this book. I hope you all enjoy it. We really are all the same and the sooner more folks realize that simple fact, the better off we will all be.