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WHAT I DO: Write about race, ethnicity, and other topics for The Associated Press.
WHAT I DON'T DO: Opinions. I'm a reporter, not a columnist. My job is to illuminate the thoughts and lives of other people.
BUT: Of course I do have opinions, which inevitably affect what I write.
SO: I constantly seek out perspectives different than my own.
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By JESSE WASHINGTON
AP National Writer
November 16, 2013
Another milestone is passing in America's racial journey: The next mayor of New York City is a white man with a black wife.
Even in a nation with a biracial president, where interracial marriage is more accepted and common than ever, Bill de Blasio's marriage to Chirlane McCray is remarkable: He is apparently the first white politician in U.S. history elected to a major office with a black spouse by his side.
This simple fact is striking a deep chord in many people as de Blasio prepares to take office on Jan. 1, with McCray playing a major role in his administration. (read more)