AMY: I work in the foster care system as a therapist.
SAMIRA: Wow, that must be a tough job.
AMY: It is. Sometimes you put parents through all the training to prepare them to take in these kids and it still doesn't work out.
SAMIRA: And then there's all the issues around transracial adoption I imagine.
STEVEN: Why would there be issues? What does it matter what color they are.
SAMIRA: Because they're going to have a different experience.
STEVEN: Love is what matters. (silence as everyone looks at his quizzically) You think I'm an idiot.
SAMIRA (carefully): I think that's an idealistic and naive way of looking at it.
SAMIRA: Because love is not enough, those kids are going to experience the world differently than their foster parents.
AMY: Yeah, like if you're a white parent who adopts a black child. The realities your child is going to face, the constant worrying about whether your teenager is going to get stopped and attacked for no reason...
STEVEN: If everyone just held their hands up when they got stopped by cops, they wouldn't get shot.
AMY: How did we get on...
SAMIRA: That's not really the way it works.
STEVEN: Isn't it? When I get stopped, I just hold my hands up. Nothing has happened to me yet.
SAMIRA: You're white.
AMY: They don't see you as a threat?
STEVEN: It just seems so simple. Don't argue with the cops and you won't get hurt.
(Samira and Amy look at each other. There is silence.)
AMY: So what do you do Steven?
STEVEN: I'm a dentist.
SAMIRA: That's very cool.
STEVEN: Yeah, I enjoy it. It's a tough market though.
STEVEN: Yeah, a lot of people are looking to get into it here. But this is where I went to dental school so I just kind of stayed.
STEVEN: Yeah. What do you do Samira?
SAMIRA: I work in diversity training.
AMY: Do you find most people are willing to be challenged on their assumptions?
SAMIRA: Most people I work with, yes. They brought me in in the first place, after all. In general, doubtful.
STEVEN: Dentistry isn't very diverse.
SAMIRA: I can imagine.
STEVEN: We try though! There are so many scholarships out there for minorities. There just aren't qualified candidates.
SAMIRA; Did you just pull a Mitt Romney's "Binders Full of Women"?
STEVEN: The candidates just aren't there, what are you going to do?
AMY: Uh, they probably are.
SAMIRA: Why would they want to be the token is really the question? You take a scholarship, end up in a classroom dominated by white guys, and have to deal with all the casual racism? Is it really worth it?
AMY: That's the only way it's going to change though.
SAMIRA: But you're going to get so tired along the way. It's gonna wear you down.
STEVEN: Anyway, I gotta head out. Nice meeting you guys. Have a good one.
AMY: Was it something we said?
SAMIRA: Do you think he realized I'm not white?
AMY: Who knew you could still find people that naive in this city.
SAMIRA: Ha. You find them in every city.