From the recent chapter of my novel Megachurch:
"Oh, no, no, no! I'm just curious since I saw it in your file." I slumped my back on my seat with my arms folded on my chest.
"You know, Inspector Steph Barnes, it's never a good look when a white man talks about a colored man's ethnicity. It's even more inappropriate to ask WHY a person of color is colored... unlike you. And in my experience, that's the question that usually arises after a white man's bout of 'curiosity.' It usually means the white man wants to talk about race. And when a white policeman talks about race in jail, it never has a beautiful ending. So let me ask you again, Inspector Stephen Barnes. How can I help you?"