Years ago, I spent Saint Patrick's Day in an Irish pub singing ditties with a restaurant full of my newest friends -- and left feeling a little green with envy. The Irish-American traditions and fare were in full swing and exposed me to a culture I'd never really considered while growing up in a sleepy North Carolina suburb. As an African-American, this feels a bit weird. I'm pretty sure my Irish great-great grandfather would not be thrilled about this. A discreet encounter -- either an isolated incident or part of an ongoing relationship, the family lore is unclear -- led to the hazel-eyed and blonde-haired African-Americans present at my family cookouts today. It's in moments like these that I wonder about the utility of what President Theodore Roosevelt once called "hyphenated Americanism.
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Biden laughed nervously as the crowd roared in approval, before making the sign of the cross to suggest a prayer of forgiveness. Hear it for yourself. Said not far from where Biden was introduced by Lucy Flores in pic. The moment happened just miles from where in , Lucy Flores, who was running for Nevada lieutenant governor at the time, introduced Biden at a campaign rally for the Democratic ticket. Before Biden announced his candidacy last month, Flores came forward to describe what she considered inappropriate physical contact as both prepared to take the stage, which left her "embarrassed," "shocked" and "confused. Biden later released a video acknowledging what he said were changing social norms and promising to be more mindful of how he interacts with voters. But now things have changed, you know?
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