Another of [Susan] Silverman’s social-justice views manifested itself in her personal life, with the adoption of two young boys from Ethiopia. To her credit, Silverman recognized how having a black son lent her legitimacy as a white woman in her progressive world. While searching for a local Starbucks soon after her son’s arrival, Silverman discussed her embarrassment at being a caricature of herself, a suburban middle-class white woman driving a minivan. Because of her son, she was now “something new, deep and complex.” And her son? “So pure, this boy, and I had made him into a prop. I was using him to ‘pass’ in my own distorted way.”
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