By Craig Bates
Craigmont High School Valedictorian Tristan Glass
(MEMPHIS) Tristan Glass saved his best moment for last.
The graduating senior from Craigmont High School carried a 4.0 grade point average, studied hard for tests, showed no affinity for basketball, and throughout his school career, never rolled his eyes at a teacher. But as he stood before his graduating class at the predominantly African-American school, he dropped a bomb.
“I’m really black,” said Tristan, 17. “I always have been and always will be. And I’m proud of it.”
The larger audience, made up of parents and loved ones who typically had no idea who the boy was, was largely indifferent.
“The boy has dreadlocks and skin the color of a Hershey bar,” said Arturo Jackson, there to watch his son, MyKell Taylor, graduate. “Why on Earth would people think he wasn’t black?”
Despite Tristan’s revelation, his classmates had many reasons for their continued disbelief.
“He ain’t black,” said graduating senior Shuh-Juanduhlaa Jefferson, 20. “He was always talkin’ all proper and stuff.”
Her friend, LaJoya’Qisha Peterson, echoed the sentiment. “How could he be black? He was always like ‘Good morning’ and ‘How are you?’” she said, feigning an English accent. “And he was always studying. He was always actin’ white.”
Tristan came clean, he said, because he was tired of hiding.
“It’s been really hard, telling people I was white. But I got teased so much when I was little, that it just seemed the best way,” he said. “I’m embarking on a new life now. I had to come out of the closet.”
The teasing, he said, began in kindergarten. He got an A+ on all his tests, and classmates starting calling him ‘white boy.’
“But once I told them I was white, the teasing stopped,” said Tristan, who plans to go to the University of Tennessee. “I think they expected me to do well then. Being white made it okay.”
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