I met a beautiful black girl the other evening, not super black but black. Considering Portland is over Eighty percent white, it was a bit of a rare occasion and appreciated. Growing up in greater Los Angeles, I understand diversity to be clear and unobtrusive but in Oregon I started to notice race and ethnicity. It brings up important issues of relationships and integration but I was proud to be able to say that Los Angeles is one of the most incredibly complex integrated and culturally diverse cities that are seamed yet unobtrusive to the pursuit of freedom. I hope that society will understand race and cultures as distinct and unobtrusive to living – ultimately securing freedom, but it is nice to have places that are culturally distinct like the Pacific Northwest.