A "Coconut" Tale

Since When Is a Success Story a "White" Thing?

When my husband Blas and I started dating in high school, I remember telling a Hispanic friend of my new-found affection for my then-boyfriend, about whom he opined, "He's a coconut." Upon my asking for clarification as to this never-heard-before term, the friend quipped, "You know; brown on the outside, but white on the inside." I drew Blas's ire when I recounted the conversation to him.

My husband was the oldest son of a hard-working migrant worker. Having grown up in poverty and having worked the fields as young as eight, Blas decided by the time he reached junior high school that he would strive for economic success, which meant very hard work, and ultimately, a college education. Driven by ambition,...


has had a lifelong appreciation for science, teaching, and research. She graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno with a BS degree in molecular biology and a minor in cognitive psychology. As an undergraduate, she conducted summer research in immunology, microbiology, behavioral and cognitive psychology, scanning tunneling microscopy and genetics; she also published research in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and co-authored a chapter on scanning tunneling microscopy. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology at University of Cincinnati and a Certificate in Apologetics with the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Emily has had the joy of teaching high school chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, anatomy & physiology, and pre-engineering classes over the last thirteen years. As a former Darwinian evolutionist, Emily enjoys stating the case for intellectual agency, considering the arguments posited by the intelligent design movement as much more credible than those proffered by Darwinists.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #55, Winter 2020 Copyright © 2021 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo55/a-coconut-tale


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