I not only grew up in the OC, I'm third generation. I don't have one bad memory of growing up in Orange County and neither did my mother and her siblings. (Can't speak for my grandmother, she passed away long before I was born.)¬†
Maybe we were lucky. Maybe it was because we were Spanish speaking Black Hispanics who grew up in a predominately Hispanic area. I honestly don't know. What I do know is that I've never hesitated to go *anywhere* in Orange County. Not a city, not a restuarant, not one single solitary place. I've never felt uncomfortable or as if I was being watched and or singled out.¬†
I love Orange County and it will always be my home. I think maybe it's easier for a female of African descent? Who knows? Who cares?¬†I, like the rest of my family, live my life and have absolutely no time or inclination to worry about who may or may not be noticing that I am of African descent.¬†
Besides, as my grandfather used to say, "The only color a wise man sees is green."