IS PIPER A VISIONARY OF AN AMERICA BEYOND THE COLOR LINE OR A PESSIMIST ABOUT RACE? characters in ... Early on, Piper could sense that race was a painfully contradictory concept: at once cultural fiction and inescapable ... And then there was the fifth-grade instructor who asked Daniel and Olive Piper whether their daughter understood that she was colored. ... In one of his most memorable Saturday Night Live skits, aquot;White Like Me, aquot; Murphy strolled along the streets inanbsp;...