In a time where race, once again, has become a central focal point in conversation for our nation, two young brothers pose a fundamental question as they try and get to the bottom of their racial identity.

Theo and Uria asked their father, Glen Henry, whether they were black or brown.


“The color of your skin is brown,” Henry told the boys in a video posted earlier this year. “But we, our race, we are black people.”

After soaking it in, Theo asked his father, “So why are we black people?”

Henry, who has a YouTube channel, Beleaf in Fatherhood is an Outspeak partner, began to show the children photographs with varying shades of skin and explained what melanin is. “When you see other black people … he’s a black person, too,” Henry explained. “We are black people, but our skin is brown.”

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Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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