Tom Monroe, 58, and his sons, Elias Jack-Monroe, 17, and Theo Jack-Monroe, 14, of Columbia, Maryland
Tom: The national conversation all seems to be about black and white, and these cultural divisions that we make up. People are much more complex than that. To avoid even the appearance of wrong-doing, I think the phrase that I use with them is, 'you don’t even want to look like you’re up to something.' My dad never said anything like that to me growing up.
Theo: I remember when I was really little, I thought I was white. But then later in life, my skin started getting a little darker and then I realized I was half-and-half. At school I have white friends and black friends. I don’t really judge anybody by their race. I think people are just who they are.